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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

IMMIGRANT OF THE DAY: MAJOR GENERAL ANTONIO TAGUBA

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I am including retired General Taguba, a Filipino native who served in the US Army until recently, because he was honored today by USCIS at a naturalization ceremony. I've been dumping a lot on USCIS lately (and for good reason), but here is an example of where the agency actually surprised me in a good way.



General Taguba is only the second Filipino to rise to the level of general in the Army. But he's a lot better known for writing the classified report on detainee abuse at Abu Ghraib Prison in Baghdad. Taguba was attacked by many for standing up for what was right, something not surprising when you look at his stellar background. This is the latest honor for Taguba. He previously received the Distinguished Service Medal from the Army.

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  1. Calouste's Avatar
    Greg,

    I doubt that the general became a citizen today. The USCIS statement says that he was honored during the ceremony, but it doesn't say that he was naturalized. In fact, the phrase "The day was also special for 25 men and women - including 13 members of the U.S. military - who took the Oath of Allegiance and became the newest U.S. citizens." would suggest the contrary.

    Interesting though that a man who according to newspaper articles (http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2007/06/25/070625fa_fact_hersh) was forced to retire from the army because of the report he wrote, is now being honored by a different government agency. An act of defiance by Gonzales?
  2. Greg Siskind's Avatar
    Thanks. I wrote this after midnight. Shouldn't be blogging while bleary-eyed.
  3. Gigi Castillo's Avatar
    Didn't Maj. Gen. become a citizen, really? Or are you kidding?His story is very intriguing, but he is not the only Filipino and many other out,who had lost a very respectable job, just for speaking out the truth - yours truly too. America calls this retaliation or a whistleblower. What and how is he doing now? People should rally to his cause. It must have been a very hard blow to himself and his family. My heart bleeds for this kind of people who refused to sell their souls. May he be blessed in some other ways.


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