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Report: ICE Deported Veterans While ‘Unaware’ of Screening Requirements…

Immigrants have served in uniform since the nation’s founding and have been naturalized in uniform or as veterans for a century.

MILITARY-CITIZENSHIP ANALYST: Major General Mari K. Eder, U.S. Army retired, is the former Army Deputy Chief of Public Affairs. She is currently a national spokesperson for OurCitizenshipCounts.org.

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a call this week for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to “ensure that veterans receive appropriate levels of review before they are placed in removal proceedings.”

Throughout history, non-citizens have served in significant numbers and roles in the U.S. armed services, going back all the way to the Revolutionary War. Today’s non-citizen soldiers, seamen, and airmen continue to fill a necessary role in helping to maintain our military force requirements.

In today’s enlivened job market, with military recruiting numbers falling short of goals, immigrants are counted on to fill the gaps, to maintain DoD readiness levels.

In return for their sacrifices, it’s essential to live up to the nation’s obligations to those who have volunteered to serve in the defense of the country. Up front, the recruitment of qualified immigrants involves offering a path to citizenship or legal residency status, as well as providing those veterans with additional deportation protections.

READ MORE: www.bizpacreview.com/2019/06/09/immigration-rules-to-protect-us-veterans-are-often-ignored-by-dhs-763176

READ: www.pressherald.com/2019/06/08/report-ice-deported-veterans-while-unaware-it-was-required-to-carefully-screen-them/

BIO: Major General Mari K. Eder, U.S. Army retired, is the former Army Deputy Chief of Public Affairs. She also served as Director of Public Affairs at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies, and as an adjunct professor and lecturer in communications and public diplomacy at the NATO School and Sweden’s International Training Command. In 2017 she was inducted into the Army Public Affairs Hall of Fame and received the Joe Galloway Lifetime Achievement Award for excellence in strategic communication. She currently serves as Board Secretary and Trustee with the U.S. Army War College Foundation; this year she authored the foreword to the College’s new Communications Campaign Planning Primer.

In addition to numerous military awards and recognitions, she received the Vatican award of the Knight, Grand Cross of the Order of Saint Gregory the Great from Pope Benedict XVI in 2011. Major General Eder is the author of “Leading the Narrative: The Case for Strategic Communication,” published by the Naval Institute Press. A novel is pending publication.

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