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Thank You For Your Service, Now Get Lost

I’m not going to dig deep into the immigration debate right now, that’s a barrel of stupid that I just don’t have the stomach for at present. However I caught a bit of news on the way in which reminded me of one of the weirder fucking bits about the United States’ immigration policy.

Namely that serving in the United States Armed Forces does not automatically grant citizenship.

How does that even begin to make something like sense? The idea of someone coming in and taking a job in the military of a government other than their own is weird enough to me, but that said government wouldn’t then just say “yup, you’re clearly an American now” just feels bizarre.

Look: I’m no fan of my country’s habit of thinking with it’s military prowess first, but to take people into the armed services and then just toss them away afterwards seems ethically unsound. As school children we’re taught that this is the land of the free and the home of the brave, and while I am not naïve enough to think that those are the values that really run the nation I am naïve enough to believe they are worth striving for.