Immigrants have fearlessly fought in our armed forces since the founding of our nation. Today, the latest information from the Department of Defense reports that 65,000 immigrants
were serving on active duty as of 2008. Recently, reports from the American
Civil Liberties Union and news
coverage share that non-citizen service members have been deported after faithfully serving the United States for sometimes relatively minor
infractions. A 2002 executive order made immigrant service members eligible for expedited naturalization. Despite these changes, some veterans may not complete the naturalization process before they are honorably discharged from service.