Sending Office: Honorable Mike Thompson
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Dear Colleague:

With the disturbing recent news of increased veteran deportation (see article
) Congressman Thompson invites you to cosponsor the Support and Defend Our Military Personnel and their Families Act.

The brave men and women who serve in our Armed Forces are willing to fight and die for our nation – the last thing they should have to worry about is their family’s immigration status while they are on the battlefield or their own immigration
status after they have honorably served.

The Support and Defend Our Military Personnel and their Families Act addresses these immigration concerns of America’s military personnel, our veterans, and their family members back home by:

  • Preserving Family Unity of Servicemembers and Veterans: The bill permits immediate family members of military personnel to apply for lawful immigration status, subject to all necessary criminal and security background checks; and codifies
    existing guidelines for placing active-duty servicemembers and veterans into removal proceedings.
  • Helping Veterans Who Have Served Honorably Become U.S. Citizens: The legislation allows servicemembers who serve honorably during certain contingency operations to become U.S. citizens expeditiously.
  • Reuniting Lawful Permanent Residents Serving in Active-Duty with Family Members: The bill exempts immigrant petitions filed for the spouses and children of military personnel from numerical caps that limit the number of immigration petitions
    that can be granted each year.

The Congressional Research Service reports that there are more than 13,400 non-citizens serving on Active Duty in the Armed Forces. In addition, many U.S. citizens serving in the military have family members who are not U.S. citizens. Non-citizen servicemembers
and servicemembers with non-citizen family members represent a significant portion our Armed Forces, and they often face daunting and complex immigration law and procedure, and long waits to naturalize.

If you would like to cosponsor this important legislation or require additional information, please contact Nate Bentham at





Member of Congress

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