2016-19: Resolution On Deported Veterans

Resolution on amending U.S. Code to clearly state that U.S. military servicemembers are noncitizen nationals and to petition the President and the Department of Homeland Security to stay the removal from the U.S. of all foreign nationals who are serving or who have served in the Armed Forces of the U.S.; to lobby all members of Congress state by state and district by district to honor their sacrifices, and to amend United States Code and provide all alien servicemembers the equivalent status of a Noncitizen Nationals.

Whereas U.S. servicemembers are being and have been deported after serving in the military from the U.S., and

Whereas the current U.S. Code provides: that the term “national of the United States” means: a citizen of the U.S., or  a person who, though not a citizen of the United States, owes permanent allegiance to the U.S. (8 U.S.C. 1101(a) (22)), and

Whereas Federal law requires everyone who enlists/re-enlists in the Armed Forces of the United States to take the Oath of Enlistment. This Oath and the Oath of Citizenship contain this pledge of loyalty, and

Whereas veterans who have served our nation in every war from WWII to Iraq and Afghanistan strongly believe the oath of enlistment is a permanent oath of allegiance to the U.S.; 

Therefore Be It Resolved that VFP nationally calls upon the U.S. House of Representative and U.S. Senate to amend the United States Code 8 U.S.C. 1101(a) (22) to clearly state:

  “The following shall be nationals*, but not citizens of the United States: (1) A person who, by conscription or enlistment, entered any branch of the United States armed forces. This shall be retroactive to servicepersons previously removed from the United States”, and
Be It Further Resolved that VFP calls upon the President and the Department of Homeland Security to stay their further removal from the U.S.

Submitted by Willie Hager, Chapter 174

Pass: Yes 582, No 6


Board: Supports this resolution.


Convention Vote: Passed with vote of acclamation

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