When Pfc. Armando Soriano was killed in Iraq, his mother benefited from a loophole on immigration law that allows soldiers' family members to apply for legal residency. But the rules work on a case-by-case basis, and his father, who has been in the U.S. illegally since 1999, faces deportation because he once snuck back into the country. One of Soriano's sisters is also not a citizen.
Such cases are increasingly common as more foreign-born fighters join the military en route to citizenship. More than 68,000 such soldiers are on active duty now, and more than 100 have died so far.
"Father of fallen soldier now battling deportation"
Houston Chronicle, August 6, 2007