Before enlisting, read what the military does for its own
November 15, 2009
Couragetoresist.org reported that Army Specialist Alexis Hutchinson,
a single mother from Oakland, California, was told to prepare to be
deployed to Afghanistan. In accordance with her Army Family Care
Plan, Hutchinson flew home from her posting at Hunter Army Airfield
near Savannah, Georgia, to leave her infant son Kamani with her
mother. After a week, her mother found that her time was taken up
caring for a special needs daughter and a sick mother and sister. She
was unable to take on the care of an infant. The Army gave Hutchinson
an extension of time to find a place for her son; then just a few
days before her original scheduled deployment, they withdrew the
extra time, forcing her to choose between going AWOL, and leaving
her baby homeless.
Hutchinson went AWOL. The military arrested her, and placed her baby
in the county foster care system.
Kamani's grandmother, although she still felt she couldn't adequately
care for Kamani, picked him up. Hutchinson was scheduled to fly to
Afghanistan today, November 15, where she faces a special court
martial and up to 1 year incarceration.
Supporters are urged to contact Hutchinson's Congresswoman Barbara
Lee at (202)225-2661, or fax (202)225-9817, and ask that she ask the
Army to allow Hutchinson to care for her child.They can also donate
to her defense/child care fund at couragetoresist.org/alexis.
What the military does for its own part II, will be posted tomorrow.
What the military does for its own: part II
November 16, 2009
The Northwest Region if the Immigration and Customs Enforcement
steadfastly denied that anybody was detained at the Northwest
Detention Center in Tacoma Washington, until the Northwest Immigrants
Rights Project provided them with the case numbers of detainnees held
in the center. One of those detainees was Rennison Castillo, who was
born in Belize and moved to the United States, while still a child.
He served in the Army from 1996 to 2003. In 1998, he became a
naturalized citizen. In 2005, Castillo was detained by ICE and held
in the Northwest Detention Facility. When they are unable to afford
one, immigration detainees are not given an attorney. NWIRP got one
for Castillo. Only after Castillo had been detained for nine months
did ICE admit that they had made a mistake and released him.
This examiner was approached by Hector Lopez, a member of Banished
Veterans. Lopez sent a link to their website, which detailed the
cases of many immigrants who have been promised a smooth road to
citizenship, and betrayed by the military.
The DoD started a pilot recruitment program which targeted 9000
immigrants who had entered the country on non immigrant visas. Jan
Ruhman a member of Vietnam Veterans Against War, who was working for
Salemnews.com investigated the results of that program, which
promised them citizenship. He found that "...veterans are being
arrested, processed and deported to their country of birth at an ever
increasing and alarming rate...". Veterans have been "quietly"
deported for the last 13 years. He estimated that over 3000 veterans
are incarcerated and awaiting deportation.
Most of the veterans detained for deportation were arrested for
something minor, such as drug possession, according to attorney Margaret Stock.
So, if the military promises you citizenship, an education or a
trade, beware. The military will take what it needs from you. After
it has gotten what it needs, you are on your own.