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Law Student Alex Vazquez Recognized by Vets for American Ideals

Wednesday, May 3, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Joe Libertelli
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UDC Law student Alex Vazquez is a U.S. Air Force veteran and the son of Nicaraguan refugees.  Through the School's Community Service Program, Alex has been volunteering with Human Rights First's initiative Veterans for American Ideals, helping to lobby for Special Immigrant Visas (SIVs) for Iraqi and Afghan Interpreters & Translators - people who have risked their lives to support the U.S. military and who face retribution in their home lands.  

This work has yielded tangible results. Alex writes, "Through some of our lobbying efforts, Congress approved 2,500 additional visas this week, which was huge for us because this program was almost completely dead due to the high anti-Muslim and anti-immigration rhetoric in the current political climate."   

See VFAI's press release on the extension of the program HERE and for news coverage in The Hill, click HERE.

As a result of his volunteer efforts, Veterans for American Ideals has recognized Alex as a leader "who is continuing his service by building unity and standing up for American values." Through a series of interviews, VAI has asked Alex and other VFAI leaders to share more about how their service shaped them and what responsibility they feel veterans have to speak up on issues that relate to our national ideals.

Here is some of what Alex said:

"Because things did not go as planned in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and because terrorist activities since 9/11 have seemingly increased, there has been sense of insecurity and vulnerability that has manifested itself in exaggerated forms of nationalism. This atmosphere has created a very low tolerance for critical thinking and diverse opinions. Many have sought to hijack the sentiment of patriotism and have blurred the lines between patriotism and authoritarianism."

To read the full interview with Alex Vazquez, click HERE.

 


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