Timely Connections: Immigrant Soldiers

Romanian-born Joseph Rosenblum was conscripted into the U.S. Army. U.S. Air Force Trainee Rachid Karame, 321st Training Squadron, takes his oath of citizenship at the basic military training retreat ceremony at Joint Base San Antonio – Lackland, Texas, Dec. 8, 2016. Trainee Karame became a citizen by joining the Air Force through the Naturalization at Basic Training Initiative. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lieutenant Beau Downey)

The United States is a nation of immigrants, many of whom have served the country in times of need. Below you will find links to news articles about immigrant soldiers, historical background resources, and related primary sources and teaching resources. How does studying sources from the past inform your understanding of the contemporary debate surrounding immigrants in the U.S. armed forces?

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