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It appears the overwhelming consensus among online commentators is that Arnold Giammarco, deported veteran and brother-in-law, should have applied for citizenship - he didn't, so "too bad." I don't know how every commentator missed this in the article, "Veterans expelled from U.S. for minor crimes fight deportation," (Nov. 4), but Arnold did apply - in 1982. INS failed to follow through on his application.
Why wasn't Arnold more aggressive about INS's lack of follow-through? Immigration Enforcement has changed the rules drastically in the past 30 years. In Arnold's heart, mind and spirit, he has always been an American. Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition.
I was angry to read "stupid", "lazy" and "tough cookies" after the poignant article by Peggy McCarthy. Didn't they see that smiling picture of my brother-in-law with my rock-star niece on his shoulders? The anger subsided when I realized they just don't know.
This is about more than one man; an entire family is torn apart. And I'm to read that's deserved, because 30 years ago the system lost a 25-year-old man in a pile of paperwork and tied him up in red tape?
Arnold Giammarco is a success story. He did his time. He cleaned up his act. He earned his citizenship. This cannot be stressed enough.