Archive for December, 2010
Some of them join the Armed Forces, which can also accelerate the process of gaining their citizenship and earning the right to stay.
Erbol Bekmuratov, a recruit with Platoon 2012, Fox Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, and an immigrant from Almaty, Kazakhstan, said he joined the Marine Corps for several reasons.
“I chose the Marines because when I moved here, I heard they were the best this country had, and I wanted to belong to it,” Bekmuratov said.
“I joined because I wanted to earn my citizenship quickly and get money for school once I get out,” Bekmuratov added.
Bekmuratov moved from his country to Philadelphia when he was 16, after his father received a job in the city. Once Bekmuratov was old enough to join the Corps, he spoke with a recruiter.
While citizenship can be a motivating factor to the decision to join the military, other reasons exist as well. (continue reading…)