What to the Immigrant is Veterans Day? -- Sightings (John Sianghio)
My maternal grandfather was an immigrant from Holland, who served the United States during World War II overseeing the Port of Embarkation in San Pedro, CA. By that time he had become a citizen, which I think back then was a bit easier, at least for Europeans. While only a small percentage of Americans serve in the military today, quite a few are immigrants. Some have died in service to a country they have yet to become citizens (indeed some vets have been deported because of undocumented status prior to enlistment). John Sianghio, a Philipino-American and doctoral student at the University of Chicago, asks the question "what to the immigrant is Veteran's Day?" It's an important question, and he raises important issues. So, I share this Sightings piece with you. What do you say in response?