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Citizenship Bootcamp

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Elizabeth Llorente, ethnic affairs senior writer at The Record, talks about the new military path-to-citizenship.

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Comments [7]

Paul from New Jersey

My great-great-grandfather earned his citizenship by serving in the Union army during the Civil War, so it's not like this hasn't been done before. Grandpa fought one battle ouside Harpers Ferry on the Potomac. Hey!! We used to hire German mercenaries to protect our borders, too!!

Feb. 17 2009 02:48 PM
laimah from Brooklyn

Why should we, "foreign born Americans" trust the US Army or the Pentagon? The war in Iraq was started on false pretenses and has killed thousands of innocent Iraqis. In Afghanistan innocents are being killed everyday by incompetent bombings that the US Army usually takes no responsibility for.

The Army claims that we will become citizens and get a college education if we serve. I'd like to know the statistics of how many people who have joined in these recent years have gotten their citizenship or a college diploma compared to how many soldiers have died or come back home handicapped.

I don't see this kind of Army recruitment as an opportunity.

Feb. 17 2009 12:46 PM
SteverR from Manhattan

Your segment is slightly confusing. This is little or nothing to do about legalizing "illegals". It is about military needs and offering service to those here legally, with specific skills.

Feb. 17 2009 10:41 AM
robert from park slope

ditto #1... I believe increasing use of foreign mercenaries was considered one of the factors attributed to fall of Rome

Feb. 17 2009 10:38 AM
hjs from 11211

by the way it makes sense when americans won't do certain jobs like pick lettuce we hire foreigners, why would an american join the military if they could go to college and get a good job?

Feb. 17 2009 10:37 AM
Tony from San Jose, CA

I am interested. How to apply?

Feb. 17 2009 10:32 AM
hjs from 11211

reminds me of the romans hiring germans to look after the borders. how did that work out?

on the other hand maybe it's just another stept towards a world without nations.

Feb. 17 2009 10:20 AM

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