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File #: Res 1536-2012    Version: * Name: US Dept of Homeland Security to expedite the adjustment of immigration status of immigrants serving in the US Armed Forces.
Type: Resolution Status: Filed
Committee: Committee on Immigration
On agenda: 10/11/2012
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: Resolution calling on the United States Department of Homeland Security to expedite the adjustment of immigration status of immigrants serving in the United States Armed Forces and to halt deportations of immigrants who are active duty service members or who have been honorably discharged from the United States Armed Forces.
Sponsors: Mathieu Eugene, Jumaane D. Williams, Gale A. Brewer, Margaret S. Chin, Leroy G. Comrie, Jr., Lewis A. Fidler, Sara M. Gonzalez, Letitia James, G. Oliver Koppell, Brad S. Lander, Rosie Mendez, Michael C. Nelson, Annabel Palma, Deborah L. Rose, Albert Vann, Ruben Wills, Ydanis A. Rodriguez, Daniel Dromm , Eric A. Ulrich
Council Member Sponsors: 19
Attachments: 1. Committee Report 11/15/13, 2. Hearing Testimony 11/15/13, 3. Hearing Transcript 11/15/13
Date Ver.Prime SponsorAction ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsMultimedia
12/31/2013*Mathieu Eugene City Council Filed (End of Session)  Action details Meeting details Not available
11/15/2013*Mathieu Eugene Committee on Veterans Laid Over by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
11/15/2013*Mathieu Eugene Committee on Veterans Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
11/15/2013*Mathieu Eugene Committee on Immigration Laid Over by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
11/15/2013*Mathieu Eugene Committee on Immigration Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
10/11/2012*Mathieu Eugene City Council Introduced by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
10/11/2012*Mathieu Eugene City Council Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
Res. No. 1536
 
 
Resolution calling on the United States Department of Homeland Security to expedite the adjustment of immigration status of immigrants serving in the United States Armed Forces and to halt deportations of immigrants who are active duty service members or who have been honorably discharged from the United States Armed Forces.
 
 
By Council Members Eugene, Williams, Brewer, Chin, Comrie, Fidler, Gonzalez, James, Koppell, Lander, Mendez, Nelson, Palma, Rose, Vann, Wills, Rodriguez, Dromm and Ulrich   
 
Whereas, According to the 2010 United States Census, more than a third of all residents of New York City, approximately three million people, are foreign born, representing countries throughout the world; and
Whereas, In a time in which national military service members are in great need, immigrants who volunteer are an integral part of our country's military; and
Whereas, According to a report by the Immigration Policy Center, entitled Immigrants in the Military Eight Years After 9/11 ("the Report"), as of 2009, nationally, more than 100,000 immigrants were in active duty in the United States Armed Forces; and
Whereas, Furthermore, of those 100,000 immigrants, approximately 12 percent were undocumented; and
Whereas, According to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services ("USCIS"), members of the U.S. Armed Forces include those serving in either the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, certain Reserve components of the National Guard, and the Selected Reserve of the Ready Reserve; and
Whereas, Thousands of immigrants join the U.S. Armed Forces each year, serving in Iraq, Afghanistan and other locations across the globe; and
Whereas, Volunteering in the Armed Forces demonstrates a clear commitment and devotion to the United States, which is deserving of our respect and honor as a city, state, and country; and
Whereas, However, membership in the U.S. Armed Forces does not automatically grant non-citizen immigrants U.S. citizenship status and, like all applicants, active duty service members must meet certain requirements; and
Whereas, Presidential Executive Order No. 13269 of 2002, entitled Expedited Naturalization of Aliens and Noncitizen Nationals Serving in Active-Duty Status During the War on Terrorism,  allows non-citizens on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces, who served at any time during a specified period of hostility, beginning September 11, 2001, to immediately apply for naturalization; and
Whereas, According to the Report, despite this expedited citizenship process, many immigrants who served in the U.S. Armed Forces during this period of hostility continue to have long waits for their naturalization applications to be processed; and
Whereas, The Report states it generally takes five years before a legal immigrant can apply to become a citizen, and three years for those immigrants in the military, depending on various circumstances; and
Whereas, Non-citizen immigrants are allowed to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces in order to show their appreciation, support and commitment to this country,  even though veterans must wait a lengthy amount of time to be deemed citizens of this country; and
Whereas, According to USCIS, part of the process of granting a person citizenship involves the government identifying an individual as having good moral character, even after being in the service; and
Whereas, The goal of many immigrants is to become naturalized U.S. citizens so they can take advantage of the opportunities available in this country and offer their skills to the nation; and
Whereas, In order to be eligible for certain New York City positions, such as police officers, fire fighters, or other professions, veterans must be U.S. citizens; and
Whereas, Non-citizen immigrants should no longer be denied the rights and privileges of U.S. citizenship after proving their devotion to this nation by serving in the U.S. Armed Forces; now, therefore, be it
Resolved, That the Council of the City of New York calls upon the United States Department of Homeland Security to expedite the adjustment of immigration status of immigrants serving in the United States Armed Forces and to halt deportations of immigrants who are active duty service members or who have been honorably discharged from the United States Armed Forces.
 
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JSM
LS# 3698/3697
9/7/2012