Bush culture...outsource ?

Discussion in 'Politics' started by ASLANSPAL, Jul 5, 2005.

  1. ASLANSPAL

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    RALEIGH, N.C. – Stuck in the Iraqi desert, fighting a war for a country not yet his, US Army Sgt. Leopoldo Escartin and other troops at Camp Dogwood hung a bit of home outside their desert-tan tent: the tricolor Mexican flag.
    Making up about 7 percent of America's active fighting force, immigrants with green cards - Mexicans the largest group among them - are risking their lives not just for advancement within the Army, but for a leg up on the road to US citizenship. As America celebrated its 229th year of independence this weekend, immigrants offered their own breed of patriotic sacrifice, and their numbers are rising even as the Army has struggled to meet recruiting goals.


    ?So are they fighting for Iraqi freedom or Americna citizenship? are they fighting for our
    security or to secure their future?


    If you take away those 7% non-Americans from
    Iraq then do we need a draft? or should we just
    outsource more soldier work to Mexico and other
    nations ..lets say bring it up to 25%.

    more from the Christian Science Monitor article

    To the public, the role of immigrant soldiers is equally complicated: Even as the nation honors their exemplary service, there is ambivalence over how big a role noncitizens should play. Even the Declaration of Independence, in its litany of complaints about England, railed against the use of "foreign mercenaries." Today, the notion that America may be, in effect, hiring foreigners to do its dirty work, is an ethical quandary exaggerated by the quiet loosening of requirements - and increasing of benefits - for immigrants who will shoulder rifles for Uncle Sam.

    http://www.csmonitor.com/2005/0705/p01s03-usmi.html
     
  2. Ben W

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    Interesting article Alanspal! I recall seeing a film called "Angela's Ashes" where people were emigrating from Ireland to the U.S, and they were arriving at the dock, getting off one ship and then signing up for the army and then getting onto another ship to head off to the fighting. Whether that was true or not who knows?
     
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    I thought it was bizarre that the Mexican flag
    was being flown by a Mexican in an American
    uniform fighting in Iraq.

    Interesting history about Irish emigrants.

    Thanks Ben W
     
  4. Baptist in Richmond

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    Yes, I remember that. What about the movie Gangs of New York where they were enlisting right off the boat?

    God's Best to you and your family,
    BiR
     

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