As we move closer to Memorial day, many of us prepare to remember our veterans, their sacrifice and the history that builds the foundation of our democracy and others.
It is also a time when we remember the sacrifice of thousands of immigrants, both documented and undocumented who have given their lives in the US military. In a recent congressional hearing on immigrant integration, panelists reminded the House that the first soldier killed in Iraq was Jose Antonio Gutierrez, an undocumented immigrant.
When I turned on my television this mornig to local news in California I happened upon a sound bite from the Heritage Foundation propigating the same old tired idea that immigrants are a drain on this country- flying in the face of hard facts that we all know, immigrants are a boon to our country. Are the hundreds of thousands if not millions of immigrants and children of immigrants that swell the current ranks of our US army a drain on our country? Has anyone taken the percentage of soldiers in Iraq today, or in Vietnam 30 years ago who were of immigrant descent?
The Washington Post today has a great article on the history of immigrants in the military- Read it HERE