Union-Tribune: Military service leads to U.S. citizenship

cr: San Diego Union-Tribune

cr: San Diego Union-Tribune

By Tatiana Sanchez

Daniel Torres, an unauthorized immigrant who enlisted in the Marine Corps using a false birth certificate, became an American citizen on Thursday. He is likely the first unauthorized immigrant to become a citizen by way of his military service, some advocates say.

Torres, who joined the Marines in 2007 and served in the Iraq War, was eligible for citizenship under special provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act that allow for people who served in the military during a period of hostility. It waives other usual requirements for citizenship, such as lawful permanent residence and physical presence in the United States.

For more on Daniel Torres’ unique story go to the Union-Tribune: http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/2016/apr/21/daniel-torres-deported-veteran/?#article-copy

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