From: The Honorable Raul M. Grijalva
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Bill: H.R. 5695
Date: 11/7/2016

Cosponsor the Veterans Visa & Protection Act

Endorsed by: American Civil Liberties Union, Immigrant Legal Resource Center, Drug Policy Alliance & Vietnam Veterans of America

Current Cosponsors: Tony Cárdenas, Judy Chu, John Conyers, Jr., Ruben Gallego, Gene Green, Luis V. Gutiérrez, Rubén Hinojosa, Michael M. Honda, Henry C. “Hank” Johnson, Jr., Ted Lieu, James P. McGovern, Seth Moulton, Grace F. Napolitano,
Mark Takano, Juan Vargas, Filemon Vela, Bonnie Watson Coleman, Marc Veasey, Alan Lowenthal

Dear Colleague:

Every day, courageous men and women in our armed forces place themselves in harm’s way to keep our nation safe. Many of these individuals are U.S. Citizens, but some are lawful permanent residents (LPR) at the time of their active duty in the U.S. Armed

According to the Department of Defense (DOD), immigrants have served in the military since the Revolutionary War and in February of 2008, DOD reported 65,000 LPRs serving on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces.

While these men and women place their lives on the line, that does not mean they automatically become naturalized U.S. Citizens. If an LPR veteran is convicted of a crime, even a non-violent offense or minor infraction, they face deportation under our existing
immigration laws.

I introduced the Veteran Visa and Protection Act to establish a visa program allowing deported veterans who meet certain requirements to enter the U.S. as lawfully permanent residents. It will allow those admitted to be eligible for the existing naturalization
process for military service and provide access to their military and veteran benefits. Last but not least, this bill will stop the deportation of eligible veterans who are currently in removal proceedings.

Please join me in cosponsoring the Veteran Visa and Protection Act to ensure eligible and deserving veterans can reunite with their families. These individuals have fought for our nation and they don’t deserve second class treatment. For more information,
please contact Norma Salazar in my office at 5-2435/


Raúl M. Grijalva
Member of Congress