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File #: 16-1509    Version: 1 Name: RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF NON-CITIZEN VETERANS REMOVED FROM THE UNITED STATES
Type: Resolution Status: Approved
File created: 2/4/2016 In control: Board of Commissioners
On agenda: 2/10/2016 Final action: 2/10/2016
Title: PROPOSED RESOLUTION RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF NON-CITIZEN VETERANS REMOVED FROM THE UNITED STATES WHEREAS, there are a significant number of non-citizen veterans of foreign wars, including World War II, Vietnam, Korea, Gulf Wars, Iraq and Afghanistan who have been removed from the United States; and WHEREAS, these veterans currently live in terrible and abject conditions after having served in the armed services of the United States; and WHEREAS, several of these veterans have asked for support in obtaining reentry into the United States to be with their families and U.S. citizen children; and WHEREAS, non-citizens compose a significant portion of the armed forces, enlisting more than 8,000 persons annually; and WHEREAS, according to the Department of Defense, more than 65,000 non-citizen immigrants were serving in the U.S. armed forces as of 2008- accounting for at least 5% of the total active-duty personnel; and WHEREAS, the Immigration Reform Act of 1996 broadened the crit...
Sponsors: JESÚS G. GARCÍA, LUIS ARROYO JR, RICHARD R. BOYKIN, JOHN P. DALEY, JOHN A. FRITCHEY, BRIDGET GAINER, GREGG GOSLIN, STANLEY MOORE, SEAN M. MORRISON, JOAN PATRICIA MURPHY, TONI PRECKWINKLE (President), TIMOTHY O. SCHNEIDER, PETER N. SILVESTRI, DEBORAH SIMS, ROBERT STEELE, LARRY SUFFREDIN, JEFFREY R. TOBOLSKI
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PROPOSED RESOLUTION

RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF NON-CITIZEN VETERANS REMOVED FROM THE UNITED STATES

WHEREAS, there are a significant number of non-citizen veterans of foreign wars, including World War II, Vietnam, Korea, Gulf Wars, Iraq and Afghanistan who have been removed from the United States; and
WHEREAS, these veterans currently live in terrible and abject conditions after having served in the armed services of the United States; and
WHEREAS, several of these veterans have asked for support in obtaining reentry into the United States to be with their families and U.S. citizen children; and
WHEREAS, non-citizens compose a significant portion of the armed forces, enlisting more than 8,000 persons annually; and
WHEREAS, according to the Department of Defense, more than 65,000 non-citizen immigrants were serving in the U.S. armed forces as of 2008- accounting for at least 5% of the total active-duty personnel; and
WHEREAS, the Immigration Reform Act of 1996 broadened the criteria for removable offenses to include shoplifting, misdemeanor drug offenses and other minor offenses, allowing the Department of Homeland Security to quietly deport veterans who have fallen on hard times; and
WHEREAS, according to Banished Veterans, a support group for deported veterans, there are currently 3,000 veterans in immigration detention centers or in removal proceedings at any given time; and
WHEREAS, veterans that have been deported do not have access to Veterans Affairs benefits or other benefits designed for veterans; and
WHEREAS, the nation owes these veterans adequate support and rehabilitation equal to that of veterans with full citizenship; and
WHEREAS, the non-citizen parents, spouses and children of veterans and service men and women who have been killed during active duty still face risk of deportation; and
WHEREAS, these veteran family members also need adequate rehabilitation and mental health resources in order to cope with extreme hardship and...

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