"Thanks for serving. Now get out!"

“I’m proud to be an American soldier,” said Ramdeo Chankarsingh, 44, of South Ozone Park, N.Y. He was promised if he served in the military he would be given citizenship, so the Trinidad native enlisted in the Army in 1991 and served nine years as a medic, with tours of duty in Italy, Germany, and Kosovo during the height of the first Gulf War.

When his green card expired in 1999, a military judge ordered him to file for citizenship. However, he was then told that because he served during peacetime, he needed a valid green card.

A year later he received an honorable discharge, and has been in limbo ever since. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has begun deportation proceedings. “My husband has been here for more than 30 years,” said his wife, Savitri, noting they have two children, both U.S. citizens. “In his heart he’s an American citizen. It’s just paperwork.”

A THOUGHT: And in a bureaucracy, proper paperwork is more important than proper respect.

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Deportation Nation: Outsiders in American History
Deportation Nation: Outsiders in American History Publisher: Harvard University Press
Deportation Is Freedom!: The Orwellian World of Immigration Controls
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About Chase Morgan
Chase Morgan is just your average, ordinary All-American writer. Chase began writing several years ago, but never published anything until the "Are You Friggen' Kidding Me?" blog launched in August of 2009. Chase simply got tired of standing around and just observing all of the craziness in the world, so this anxious writer sat down and wrote the first "Are YOu Friggen' Kidding Me?" article on August 19th, 2009. Now, any time something makes Chase say, "Are You Friggen' Kidding Me?", the issue get's transformed into an article. Chase is currently single, homeless and living under a bridge in South Florida.

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