LAST CALL FOR ORIGINAL COSPONSORS: Encourage DHS to Study Deported Veterans & Ensure Immigrant Service Members Receive Naturalization Benefits

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.

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LAST CALL FOR ORIGINAL COSPONSORS: Encourage DHS to Study Deported Veterans & Implement Measures to Ensure Immigrant Service Members Receive Naturalization Bene

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.

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The Second Chance for Service Act. Original Cosponsor Opportunity Deadline Tomorrow!

Please join us in protecting those who have protected our country. Approximately 35,000 legal permanent residents (LPRs), or green card holders, serve on active duty and 8,000 join every year. These brave men and women pledge to protect a nation they are
not full citizens of. Their service does qualify them for an expedited naturalization process. However, all veterans must pass a “good moral character” test. This is not a judgement call made by an immigration official. For honorably discharged veterans who
have committed certain felonies, the “good moral character” standard becomes an automatic bar from naturalization. Many LPRs are vulnerable to deportation under laws that eliminated any discretion and reclassified many low-level offenses as “aggravated felonies”
that prevent a non-citizen veteran from ever becoming a citizen. However, many LPRs who serve are not made aware of their right to naturalization and many have been deported believing their service automatically granted them citizenship.

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Cosponsor H.R. 154: Honoring our WWII Merchant Mariners Act of 2017

I would like to invite you to become a cosponsor of H.R. 154, “Honoring our WWII Merchant Mariners Act of 2017.” In every war fought by the United States, civilian ships have supported military operations by transporting supplies and personnel. The civilians
that have served on these vessels have worked in varying capacities either for private shipping companies under contract with the federal government or for the government itself. These civilians are collectively referred to as Merchant Mariners.

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Let DREAMers Serve Their Country

We write to encourage you to become an original co-sponsor of a resolution to express the sense of Congress that the Secretary of Defense should consider allowing DREAMers to serve in the military.

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Help Veterans Access Non-Addictive Treatment – Support H.R. 2838, the Acupuncture for Our Heroes Act

As our veterans transition into civilian life, they often face a number of service-connected health conditions that require continuous treatment. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), 60 percent of veterans returning from the Middle East
and 50 percent of older veterans suffer from chronic pain.[1] When these veterans seek medical treatment, they are often prescribed opioids for pain management. The VA reported that about 13 percent of all veterans
who are currently prescribed opioids suffer from addiction.  Furthermore, studies show veterans are two times more likely to die from accidental drug overdose than non-veterans and ten times more likely to abuse opioids.[2]
 

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Original Cosponsor Opportunity: A Second Chance for Service Act

Please join us in protecting those who have protected our country. Approximately 35,000 legal permanent residents (LPRs), or green card holders, serve on active duty and 8,000 join every year. These brave men and women pledge to protect a nation they are
not full citizens of. Their service does qualify them for an expedited naturalization process. However, all veterans must pass a “good moral character” test. This is not a judgement call made by an immigration official. For honorably discharged veterans who
have committed certain felonies, the “good moral character” standard becomes an automatic bar from naturalization. Many LPRs are vulnerable to deportation under laws that eliminated any discretion and reclassified many low-level offenses as “aggravated felonies”
that prevent a non-citizen veteran from ever becoming a citizen. However, many LPRs who serve are not made aware of their right to naturalization and many have been deported believing their service automatically granted them citizenship.

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