The curse of bureaucracy...
I fully understand the need for certain bureaucracy. It’s essential to operating a lawful society despite it's seeming uselessness and the often headache inducing frustrations it inspires whether it’s responding to a manufacturer's multi-million dollar Request For Proposal, or simply applying for a drivers license.
I am a professional bureaucrat by trade (an awesome one at that!) and am more than a little familiar with Six Sigma, TQM, and other quality related programs, but for the life of me I cannot understand why this process has to take so long. If ever there was a group more worthy to cut to the head of the line it is the immigrant who lawfully comes to this country, enlists in our armed services, and serves in combat. Considering the scrutiny and level of paperwork required to join the armed services in this day and age, I can't believe that it takes more than a couple of months to clear a soldier for citizenship especially one who has followed our already onerous immigration process to the satisfaction of INS let alone the Army, Navy, Air Force, or Marines.
My admiration for this special group of soldier is beyond words and we absolutely owe them an expedited path to citizenship. Lance Cpl. Mario Ramos-Villalta has served two tours in Iraq, was wounded, received a Purple Heart, and is heading over to Afghanistan for a third combat tour. This guy and all the others in the same predicament deserve our absolute best. For christ sakes let’s fix this and avoid anymore posthumous citizenship grants.