Whup. Ass.

Apropos the last entry, via Atrios: Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez got some monkeymail and replied in much better style than her idiot correspondent deserved:

MICHAEL SAYS: 3. They do not register for selective service and do not serve in the military – forcing legal Americans to defend them.
ALISA SAYS: Sigh. According the U.S. government, all male immigrants — legal and otherwise — are required by U.S. law to register for selective service.
According to the National Center for Immigration Law, one in ten U.S. soliders who have DIED in Iraq have been immigrants. Five percent of those serving in our military are illegal immigrants.
The first soldier to die for the United States in the current war in Iraq was Marine Lance Cpl. Jose Gutierrez, an illegal immigrant from Guatemala.

(Emphasis mine.) Good enough to die, not good enough to vote. I had no idea.
That’s just a sample, too — you should read the whole thing. By reading one blog post you can be better informed about the current immigration debate than anyone in the mainstream media.

2 thoughts on “Whup. Ass.

  1. Some correction
    1) The illegal immigrant cannot join the U.S. military
    2) Gutierrez held permanent U.S. resident status, which he obtained in 1999. He was not illegal when he died
    3) Jose Gutierrez was one on the first who died in Iraq, but not the first. First four soldiers died day before Jose Gutierrez was killed.
    The Department of Defense announced today the identities of four U.S. Marines killed in a CH-46E helicopter crash on March 20 in Kuwait. Killed were:
    Maj. Jay Thomas Aubin, 36, of Waterville, Maine
    Capt. Ryan Anthony Beaupre, 30, of Bloomington, Ill.
    Cpl. Brian Matthew Kennedy, 25, of Houston, Texas
    Staff Sgt. Kendall Damon Watersbey, 29, of Baltimore, Md

    Therrel S. Childers and Jose Gutierrez were killed in action on March 21, 2003.
    The Department of Defense announced today the identities of two U.S. Marines killed in action on March 21 in Southern Iraq. Killed were:
    2nd Lt. Therrel S. Childers, 30, Harrison County, Miss.
    Lance Cpl. Jose Gutierrez, 22, Los Angeles, Calif.


  2. Thanks, Nasekomiy — it’s good to get the details straight. There are similar addenda to Alisa’s post in her comments thread. (It’s not clear to me what would happen if an illegal immigrant did register for selective service — deportation seems most likely.)
    In re: Gutierrez, it’s important to note that he had to get PR status to join the military, but not so important whether he was first, fourth or 1004th to die: the larger point here is that illegal immigrants are not the parasites they are made out to be by the White America crowd.
    Thanks again for the details and sources.

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