Illinois Senator Tammy Duckworth and her family have military roots going back to the American Revolutionary War. Duckworth, herself, was a highly decorated Army Lieutenant Colonel who received a Purple Heart after she lost both her legs when her helicopter was hit by an Iraqi insurgent grenade.
Duckworth addressed a letter to Kevin McAleenan, the acting director of homeland security, ripping the measure. She wrote that the plan is, “the worst type of policy: it is confusing, cynical, unnecessary and unfair. Worst of all, this policy update harms our national interest and disrespects the service of certain U.S. servicemembers and civil servants.”
She also took notice that the new plan would charge soldiers a heavy fee for something that formerly had no cost associated with it. “Forcing certain U.S. servicemembers, military families and civil servants to pay an application fee of $1,170 and to jump through bureaucratic hoops to “prove” their children are worthy of citizenship is disgusting and disgraceful,” wrote Duckworth.
The lawmaker closed her letter to McAleenan, “The United States Government should be doing everything in its power to support U.S. servicemembers, military families and civil servants who serve our country abroad. That is why 1 request USCIS immediately reverse course and undo the harmful Policy Manual updates announced in PA-2019-05.”
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