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Latinos Soldiers Lead in Iraq Deaths Among Soldiers of Color

El Tiempo Latino, Posted: Mar 23, 2007

WASHINGTON, D.C. Deaths among Latino soldiers in Iraq rank the highest compared to other minority groups, reports Spanish-language weekly El Tiempo Latino, on the fourth anniversary of the war. President Bush signed a decree five years ago that accelerated the citizenship process for immigrants who serve in the Iraq War, according to the report. The Hispanic War Veterans of America is now lobbying for the government to grant citizenship to soldiers before deployment, rather than after they return from war. The group noted cases in which soldiers who were promised citizenship have died in combat before becoming U.S. citizens. This change would ensure that soldiers families would not face deportation if the soldier were killed while serving in the U.S. military. The Pentagon has registered 332 deaths among Latino soldiers according to the report, compared to 299 African-American and 56 Asian-American deaths. Latinos represent less than nine percent of those enlisted in the army, El Tiempo Latino reports, but make up 11 percent of deaths in the Iraq War.

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