Immigrants contribute to the United States in diverse ways. Some arrive as entrepreneurs and start small- and medium-size businesses that provide jobs to their communities. Others are joined by their families and, by supporting them, invest in education and the economy. And yet others contribute to the United States by supporting their families while their partners serve in the U.S. army.
This population of immigrants whose spouses serve in the military is often overlooked. Brave New Foundation has just released a documentary series, "In Their Boots," highlighting the challenges that service members and their families face coming home from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Episode 5 of this series, "Second Battle," tells the stories of the wives of two U.S. service members who are facing deportation despite their husbands' contributions. Check out the trailer for the episode:
It is hard to believe that these women could face deportation after making such sacrifices. To learn more about the system that would deport these women, check back here on Friday for the next post in the blog series "Stories from Detention."