- John MortonI.C.E. Director
Tell I.C.E. Not to Deport U.S. Veteran Who Served in War Zone
For nine long years Trinidadian native Ramdeo Chankar Singh served in the U.S. Army as a nurse with the rank of sergeant. Singh not only served in Germany but also in war-torn Kosovo. In March 2001, the military granted Singh—an undocumented immigrant—an honorary discharge for his service. But when he applied for naturalization a few years later, the federal government denied his application for citizenship, a slap in the face to a man who’s risked life and limb for the United States. The government reportedly rejected his petition for citizenship because Singh did not “meet the requirements” of the Immigration and Nationality Act provision he’d filed under.
Singh has spent the years since 2004 racking up legal bills in hopes of proving that he should be naturalized—but to no avail. The fact that he arrived in the U.S. at the age of 15 lacking a green card or permanent residency status continues to be an obstacle. Now the husband and father of two U.S.-born children faces deportation.
This is not the way veterans should be repaid for their service. Singh made a sacrifice for this country that many citizens never make. Let U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement know that Singh should not be deported.
- I.C.E. Director
Despite being an undocumented immigrant, Ramdeo Chankar Singh served in the U.S. Army for nine years—completing a tour in war-torn Kosovo while on active duty. After receiving an honorable discharge from the military in 2001, Singh applied for citizenship, but the Department of Justice rejected his petition due to a legal loophole. Now a man, who made the ultimate sacrifice for the United States and has lived in the country since age 15, may be deported to his native Trinidad. If this happens, he will be separated from his wife and young children indefinitely.
Don’t allow a man willing to give his life for the United States to be torn away from his loved ones, not to mention the only country he’s called home for three decades. Help Ramdeo Chankar Singh legally remain in the United States. Certainly a U.S. veteran deserves as much.
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