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Immigration Reform

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

Mr. COFFMAN. Mr. Speaker, I had a career in the military with a combined 21 years between the United States Army, the Army Reserve, the United States Marine Corps, and the Marine Corps Reserve.

During the course of my military career, I met so many extraordinary young men and women who served our country in uniform and who made tremendous sacrifices in defense of our freedom. I strongly believe that the highest expression of citizenship in America is exemplified by those who serve in our Armed Forces.

In my hometown of Aurora, Colorado, I've recently met young people who grew up in Aurora, went to school in our community, and know of no other country than America. Some of them want to join the military, but because of their immigration status, they cannot.

Mr. Speaker, I believe that they should be allowed to join and given an opportunity to earn their citizenship by serving our country, their country, in the military.

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