I found this article today about two soldiers who were killed in Iraq yesterday. Sgt. Omar Mora, 28, was waiting to be sworn in as a US Citizen in November after his deployment. Mora and his mother, Olga Capetillo, emigrated to the US from Ecuador when he was only two years old. We have yet another example of a Latino immigrant giving so selflessly of himself to the United States. When anti-immigration critics spout off about how immigrants are using up resources or taking advantage of this country, they conveniently forget to mention people like Sgt. Mora.
I think that Sgt. Mora would have made a fine US citizen. He had a spirit of public service, and he was not afraid to question the policies that cost him his life. When you think of what a good citizen should do or be like, most Americans couldn’t say that they participate or even care that much. May he rest in peace.