They'll Die For You, But They Can't Vote


I just received a press release from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), with some statistics about immigrant military personnel, and their quests to obtain American citizenship. Always good to file away for the next time you hear generalizations about "dual loyalties" and whatnot:

Since President George W. Bush signed the Expedited Naturalization Executive Order on July 3, 2002, USCIS has naturalized nearly 16,000 service members.

So far during fiscal year 2005, more than 2,000 service members have become United States Citizens.

To date, USCIS has granted posthumous citizenship to 59 service members stemming from the War on Terror.

There are currently more than 40,000 members of the U.S. military who are eligible to apply for naturalization.