[Vision2020] Why Deport a Hero?

Tom Hansen thansen at moscow.com
Tue Jan 22 06:16:10 PST 2008

>From Parade magazine at:



Why Deport a Hero?

In the ongoing war against extremists in Iraq and Afghanistan, our 
military has been hampered by a shortage of Arabic speakers. So why are 
authorities trying to deport U.S. Army Sgt. Hicham Benkabbou, a decorated 
soldier who is fluent in Arabic as well as French and English? His 
offense: Not reporting an annulled marriage in his immigration papers. 
(Morrocan-born, he came to this country in 1998.) The U.S. Immigration and 
Customs Enforcement bureau has begun removal proceedings against him, and 
Sgt. Benkabbou faces deportation if he returns to American soil. At press 
time, he remains on combat duty in Afghanistan.  


God bless America (please).

Seeya round town, Moscow. 

Tom Hansen
Moscow, Idaho

"Patriotism is not a short and frenzied outburst of emotion but the 
and steady dedication of a lifetime." 

-- Adlai E. Stevenson, Jr.

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