Essential to the Fight: Immigrants in the Military, Eight Years After 9/11

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Washington D.C. – In time for Veterans Day, the Immigration Policy

Center (IPC) is releasing a report entitled Essential to the Fight: Immigrants in the Military, Eight Years

After 9/11. The author, Lieutenant Colonel Margaret Stock, is

an attorney and Associate Professor at West

Point. The report highlights the critical role immigrants are

playing in today’s military, noting “Without the contributions of

immigrants, the military could not meet its recruiting goals and could not fill

its need for foreign-language translators, interpreters and cultural


From the report:


have been eligible to enlist in the U.S. military since the

Revolutionary War and have served in times of war with great

distinction. Many have won the Congressional Medal of Honor, this nation’s

highest military decoration. It has long been an American tradition that

service in the armed forces can lead to U.S. citizenship.  

  • As of June 30, 2009, there were 114,601

    foreign-born individuals serving in the armed forces, representing 7.91

    percent of the 1.4 million military personnel on active duty.  


  • In Fiscal Year (FY) 2009 alone, 10,505

    members of the military were naturalized. Naturalizations of immigrants in

    the military are at their highest during times of war. “

To view the

report in it entirety see:

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