How many honorably-discharged U.S. veterans will be arrested under “The Beason-Hammon Alabama Taxpayer and Citizen Protection Act (HB 56)” aka the Alabama Immigration bill
As argued about deportations in this Veterans Today editorial
Servicemembers sign up to put their lives on the line in defense of the United States of America. Every American can agree that our Veterans deserve respect and support for their willingness to take risks on behalf of the country.
But we have a National shame on our hands here.
Immigrant Veterans are being deported from the adopted country they love, discarded after answering the call of duty in defense of liberty, freedom and the pursuit of happiness. We ask them to join our Military and stand for our principles and they do so with great pride. They deserve the highest respect awarded, period!
Should it be illegal to transport these veterans? Should it be a felony to rent an apartment to an old vet? It soon will be!
For instance, this bill makes no quarter or pardon for men like Manuel and Valente Valenzuela — both Vietnam veterans. If they are in Alabama, they will be arrested and held without bond.
There is no telling how many “unathorized alien” US veterans there are; it is a tremendous number if present rolls are any indication. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that in fiscal year 2010 it granted citizenship to 11,146 members of the U.S. armed forces at ceremonies in the United States and 22 countries abroad. According to USCIS, this figure represents the highest number of service members naturalized in any year since 1955. Since September 2001 alone, USCIS has naturalized nearly 65,000 service men and women, including those serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.