SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Legislation to create a legal assistance fund for non- citizen veterans deported from the U.S. was approved Tuesday by one Assembly committee and now goes to another, Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher, D- San Diego, announced.
AB 386 cleared the Judiciary Committee and will next be heard by the Appropriation's Committee.
"Immigrants who serve and fight for our country earn the right to become citizens," Gonzalez Fletcher said in a statement. "That's common sense. It's a powerful way to recruit bright and talented young men and women, and it's federal law."
"But instead of keeping our promises, we've kicked these veterans out of the country they fought for," the lawmaker continued.
Special provisions of the federal Immigration and Nationality Act authorize U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to expedite the application and naturalization process for current members of the U.S. Armed Forces and recently discharged service members, according to Gonzalez Fletcher.
"These provisions are being flouted or ignored when it comes to these veterans, many of whom came to the United States as children, grew up here, and consider themselves patriotic Americans," she said.
"In many cases, the veterans who are deported are sent to countries with which they do not speak the language or have any real connection."
A fundraiser this Saturday in Mira Mesa aims to help homeless veterans and dogs. The Cammies & Canines: Hops, Pops & Dogs event will be held at Protector Brewery the day before Father's Day to honor dads and support local veteran-run nonprofit Cammies & Canines Sanctuary.
Military servicemembers from two countries are on a new mission Friday to help veterans who suffer from mental health problems.
Many San Diegans spent Memorial Day remembering those who made ultimate sacrifice fighting for our country.
San Diego City Councilmen Chris Ward and David Alvarez are expected Monday to attend the fourth annual Truman San Diego Memorial Day Sunrise Rose Ceremony at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery.
In a ceremony at the Veterans Museum in Balboa Park, people paid homage to those who lost their lives in service to our great nation.
Coleman University paid tribute to military service members during its 55th commencement ceremony Saturday, May 19 in honor of Armed Forces Day.
Coleman University paid tribute to military service members during its 55th commencement ceremony Saturday, May 19 in honor of Armed Forces Day. Members of the Wounded Warrior Battalion-West from Camp Pendleton provided the color guard, as graduates made their way into Spreckels Pavilion in Balboa Park.
Beginning Thursday through July 4, 2018, U.S. veterans and up to three guests may enjoy free admission to SeaWorld San Diego as well as other SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment properties across the country.
From the battlefield to books, writing gives a lot of veterans an outlet to deal with everything that comes their way.
There is a new nationwide campaign underway to honor the contributions made by U.S. and Allied Forces during World War One while also supporting the wounded warriors of today.