Latino Vets Reject Deportations

Latino Vets Reject Deportations

There are 38 comments on the www.laht.com story from Jun 7, 2011, titled Latino Vets Reject Deportations. In it, www.laht.com reports that:

Colorado members of the American GI Forum rejected during their annual conference the federal program Secure Communities and repeated their opposition to the deportations of war veterans born outside the United States.

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Since: Jan 11

El Paso, TX

#1 Jun 7, 2011
Any Veteran that has served our country honorably!, No matter where they are from, should be given citizenship. They have proven loyalty to this nation.
White Trash

Denver, CO

#2 Jun 7, 2011
I agree, but they should have to go thru the process and yes, their names should go to the front of the list.

TStylist

Since: Feb 11

Denver, CO

#4 Jun 7, 2011
Afghan - Iraq Vet wrote:
Any Veteran that has served our country honorably!, No matter where they are from, should be given citizenship. They have proven loyalty to this nation.
I am sorry, but a crime is a crime. We do not give American vets free reign to commit acts of crime? Why should we give it to anyone else?

I agree with Trash, they need to go through the system legally, and yes they should be at the front of the line. But illegal is illegal, we have got to stop allowing for grey area, or we are going to be in a heap of trouble down the road, if we are not already.

“As American as.......”

Since: Feb 11

Apple Pie

#5 Jun 7, 2011
I absolutely agree with all of you!

“As American as.......”

Since: Feb 11

Apple Pie

#6 Jun 7, 2011
Well somebody snuck in, now my post doesn't make sense.

Let me rephrase that. Vets should be fast tracked to citizenship, not continue to be illegal.
Police State

United States

#7 Jun 7, 2011
That's the givememorement for ya, they don't do their job.

The Illegal aliens should NEVER have been allowed in the service.

***SECURITY RISK***

Grope and molest Americans at the airport but let Illegal alien invaders in the service and leave the border wide open. What is wrong with this picture?

TStylist

Since: Feb 11

Denver, CO

#8 Jun 7, 2011
Auntie Social List wrote:
Well somebody snuck in, now my post doesn't make sense.
Let me rephrase that. Vets should be fast tracked to citizenship, not continue to be illegal.
Was it me?

*looks around*
Free is free

Santa Fe, NM

#9 Jun 7, 2011
As a veteran, I say any US Armed Forces veteran has enough skin in the game to at least be given the option of naturalization.

Maybe we could begin an exchange program:

Deport 1 liberal for every person willing to serve, put some skin in the game and naturalize.

“As American as.......”

Since: Feb 11

Apple Pie

#10 Jun 7, 2011
Free is free wrote:
As a veteran, I say any US Armed Forces veteran has enough skin in the game to at least be given the option of naturalization.
Maybe we could begin an exchange program:
Deport 1 liberal for every person willing to serve, put some skin in the game and naturalize.
Love it!
The Mad Man

Glendale, CA

#11 Jun 7, 2011
'The Valenzuela brothers, both in their 60s, live in Colorado Springs and both fought in the Vietnam War. Born in Mexico of an American mother and a father nationalized a U.S. citizen, they could be deported because they lack documents proving that they were registered in the United States more than 60 years ago.'

They fought in Viet Nam which means they had to be American citizens. Discharge papers would show documentation because the military usually does not allow you to serve unless you are an American citizen. I am sure there documentation somewhere and that is all they need to prove their citizenship. High school, birth certificate, military papers, something I am sure is on record and all they have to do to prove their innocents is find the documentation.
White Trash

Denver, CO

#13 Jun 7, 2011
Free is free wrote:
As a veteran, I say any US Armed Forces veteran has enough skin in the game to at least be given the option of naturalization.
Maybe we could begin an exchange program:
Deport 1 liberal for every person willing to serve, put some skin in the game and naturalize.
Make that 2 liberals and you got a deal.

“I like you, you make me laugh!”

Since: Apr 11

Location hidden

#14 Jun 7, 2011
White Trash wrote:
<quoted text>Make that 2 liberals and you got a deal.
I hear 2...Do I hear 3?
Come on people We can bid better rthan this.
denmoooo

Rio Rancho, NM

#15 Jun 7, 2011
The Mad Man wrote:
'The Valenzuela brothers, both in their 60s, live in Colorado Springs and both fought in the Vietnam War. Born in Mexico of an American mother and a father nationalized a U.S. citizen, they could be deported because they lack documents proving that they were registered in the United States more than 60 years ago.'
They fought in Viet Nam which means they had to be American citizens. Discharge papers would show documentation because the military usually does not allow you to serve unless you are an American citizen. I am sure there documentation somewhere and that is all they need to prove their citizenship. High school, birth certificate, military papers, something I am sure is on record and all they have to do to prove their innocents is find the documentation.
I can tell by you lengthy post that you never served and that you believe what anyone tells you. Anyone that has been in the service has several things in their possession. DD214, enlistment papers, graduation papers from boot camp. Service number, which in early 1960 was not your social security number, separation papers and you discharge papers. Now if those guys you are crying about don't have any of those papers, they didn't serve but are trying to bull crap their way into being a citizen. Remember, this is the US government, they never forget anything, and the various military organizations keep records on all personnel. Philippinos served as mess boys for 8 years and were granted citizenship after successful separation.
AmberDru

Dublin, OH

#16 Jun 7, 2011
Too bad.

They chose crime over becoming a citizen and remaining in the U.S.
AmberDru

Dublin, OH

#17 Jun 7, 2011
Who is the reporter on this?

The Valenzuela brothers, both in their 60s, live in Colorado Springs and both fought in the Vietnam War. Born in Mexico of an American mother and a father nationalized a U.S. citizen, they could be deported because they lack documents proving that they were registered in the United States more than 60 years ago.

You state that they fought in Vietnam but have no proof they were registered in the U.S.-what does that mean?

Do they have proof of anything?

Since: Jun 11

United States

#18 Jun 7, 2011
TStylist wrote:
<quoted text>
I am sorry, but a crime is a crime. We do not give American vets free reign to commit acts of crime? Why should we give it to anyone else?
I agree with Trash, they need to go through the system legally, and yes they should be at the front of the line. But illegal is illegal, we have got to stop allowing for grey area, or we are going to be in a heap of trouble down the road, if we are not already.
he should not be in the military in the first place.
b4its2late

Bethlehem, PA

#19 Jun 7, 2011
No foreigner should EVER be allowed in our military..
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And my one voice and vote still says NO CITIZENSHIP. Dont forget the chain migration they will be allowed to bring.
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AND I DAMN WELL WANT TO KNOW WHO LET THEM IN OUR MILITARY!!!
denmoooo

Denver, CO

#20 Jun 7, 2011
I am not aware of the current system, but back in the late 1960's foreigners were in the military, some were citizens, most were not, but were eligible after they completed their enlistment. They were restricted from anything associated with security.
The Mad Man

Glendale, CA

#21 Jun 7, 2011
denmoooo wrote:
<quoted text>
I can tell by you lengthy post that you never served and that you believe what anyone tells you. Anyone that has been in the service has several things in their possession. DD214, enlistment papers, graduation papers from boot camp. Service number, which in early 1960 was not your social security number, separation papers and you discharge papers. Now if those guys you are crying about don't have any of those papers, they didn't serve but are trying to bull crap their way into being a citizen. Remember, this is the US government, they never forget anything, and the various military organizations keep records on all personnel. Philippinos served as mess boys for 8 years and were granted citizenship after successful separation.
I served 4 out of my 6 years in active duty. That is why I mentioned the discharge papers. I know what a dd214 is and you are correct with the documentation you mentioned, and that is why I do not understand why these brothers are crying about not being able to find documentation. Something is a miss here and I am not sure I am falling for this story.(P.S. I have a degree in Journalism and worked as a freelance journalist so I know how stories can be blown to the wind)
AmberDru

Dublin, OH

#22 Jun 7, 2011
Foreign nationals are still allowed in the military.
They can gain citizenship faster that way.

The non citizen vets face deportation because of crimes they committed, not because they are not citizens.

If these vets had become citizens before their crimes they would not be deported.

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