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Make Solider's wives whole….Make them citizens…..

One of the parts of the Immigration debate that has escaped  the news is wives of serving US soldiers that happen to be immigrants….

Illegal Immigrants….

I know it shouldn’t be that you can marry a solider to stay in the country….


If you ARE married to a soldier that out there putting there life on the line….

The oughta be an exception…..

[ While serving in Iraq, Lt. Kenneth Tenebro feared that his wife, Wilma, shown with their 3-year-old daughter, would be deported. ]

Immigration lawyers and Department of Homeland Securityofficials say that many thousands of people in the military have spouses or close relatives who are illegal immigrants. Many of those service members have fought to gain legal status for their family members — only to hit a legal dead end created in 1996, when Congress last made major revisions to the immigration laws.

Today the issue is not only personal. “It is an issue of readiness for the American armed forces,” says Representative Zoe Lofgren, the Democrat from California who leads the House subcommittee on immigration. “We have many Americans who are afraid to deploy.”

Lieutenant Tenebro would like to make a career in the military, including new missions to Iraq or Afghanistan, but for now he is not stepping forward for an overseas deployment. “Our situation has kept me at bay because of the constant worry that something might happen to my family while I am away,” he said.

With the debate over illegal immigration sharpening after a tough law passed in Arizona, immigration lawyers said the Tenebros’ case illustrates legal obstacles that have stopped immigrants from becoming legal even when they could qualify.

“We have made it impossible for many illegal immigrants to become legal,”* said Charles Kuck, an immigration lawyer in Atlanta who was 2009 president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the national bar.

Many lawmakers say that existing penalties have helped curb illegal immigration and, if anything, should be increased.

Like Lieutenant Tenebro, many soldiers, anticipating rebuke and possibly damage to their careers, do not reveal to others in the military their family ties to immigrants here illegally.

“You will always hear the jokes about those who crossed the border,” Lieutenant Tenebro said. “Even though we think we did everything legally possible, it’s just not knowing what other people will think. Maybe they will find ways to hit you, without knowing the whole facts.”

*  ( The legal boomerang that snared her and many others was created in 1996, when Congress imposed automatic restrictions on illegal immigrants, barring them from returning for periods of 3 to 10 years after they leave the country, regardless of whether they were deported or left voluntarily. However, in many cases the law also requires immigrants who are approved for legal documents to complete their paperwork at American consulates in their home countries. )



May 8, 2010 - Posted by | Counterpoints, Family, Government, Law, Media, Men, Military, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates, Women | , ,

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