America’s veterans have a stake in the progress of immigration reform that is unique and understated because during our time at war, nobody was asking whether or not the person next to you was a citizen of the United States or not.
For us “citizenship” was defined by our behavior. And a willingness to put your life on the line for your country is undisputable evidence of citizen behavior, isn’t it?
There are now countless American veterans, brought to the United States as children, who remain “undocumented” at the same time they are receiving U.S. military honors. This is insanity.
They, like their civilian “dreamer” counterparts, are as American as anyone reading this letter. Right now over 13 percent of those who live and work in Arizona came here from another country, including young children who are now veterans. But until we reform our immigration system they cannot fully contribute to the country we and they love.
And that is just wrong.
The United States Senate is considering legislation to enact common sense immigration reform. It is cosponsored by our U.S.
Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake. This legislation can correct the many wrongs and finally make things right.
But the most critical element is making certain that there is a road to citizenship, not more red tape or sending people to the “back of the line” when the lines just get larger and nobody’s interests are served.
I believe that these “undocumented” men and women have earned their citizenship.
Arizona House of Representatives, District 30