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United States : Duckworth Demands Trump Administration Explain Decision to Deny Citizenship Interview to U.S. Marine Veteran.

U.S. Senator and combat Veteran Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) wrote to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Department of State demanding that a deported U.S. Marine Veteran be allowed to re-enter the country to attend his citizenship interview. Her demand comes after public reports that a deported Marine Veteran, Roman Sabal, was denied entry at the border, causing him to miss his citizenship interview and remain separated from his family in the United States. Duckworths letter also requests the Departments of Homeland Security and State provide information regarding the specific guidelines the agencies use in admitting deported Veterans for citizenship interviews.

This lack of clarity deprives Veterans of a fair chance for citizenship and further delays the naturalization process, Duckworth writes. Missing a citizenship interview can add several months to the process an unnecessary delay that can be avoided with appropriate Federal guidance. Media outlets indicate that there are numerous Veterans with citizenship cases who will likely face significant challenges to enter the United States for their naturalization interview.

Unfortunately, the current policy is ambiguous and complex, the letter continues. Given that a Veteran who served honorably in the U.S. Armed Forces is currently stuck at the San Ysidro Port of Entry, we urge you to take immediate action to ensure he can attend his naturalization interview.

Duckworth has been a leader in opposing the Trump Administrations efforts to deport Veterans and military families. In a recent interview with NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, Duckworth spoke out against the Trump Administrations reported plans to end protections against the deportation of military families including the spouses, parents and children of active-duty Servicemembers. Last month, she led 21 Senate Democrats in demanding the Trump administration restore protections for military families immediately. Earlier this year, Duckworth introduced the Veterans Visa and Protection Act, which would ban the deportation of Veterans, create a VISA program for Veterans who have already been deported and provide them assistance to become U.S. Citizens.

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Date:Aug 13, 2019
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