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July 11, 2006

Top US general testifies immigrants important in US military

Here is an article sent to me by Victor Nieblas;

"The top US general, the son of Italian parents, gave emotional testimony about the importance of immigrants in the US armed forces.
"They are reliable, they are courageous, they bring diversity especially in the current environment, where cultural awareness and language skills are so important," said General Peter Pace, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

He spoke at a Senate hearing held in in Miami as bills to tighten immigration laws remained stymied by differences between the House and the Senate.

Pace recalled fighting in the Vietnam war alongside immigrant soldiers.

"I'm still on active duty today for one primary reason, and that is I still owe those who served with me in Vietnam," he told the Senate Armed Services Committee, his voice chocked with emotion.

He also spoke of naturalization ceremonies at which foreign-born soldiers swear allegiance to the US flag, saying, "It just sends a thrill through your body, it just energizes the whole unit."
The Marine general pointed out he and his siblings were first-generation Americans".

At www.afp.org

Posted by VisaLawyer at July 11, 2006 07:23 AM

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