For Vincent Corazza, this day was a long time coming.
More than 20 years after he escaped communist Vietnam, five years after joining the Army National Guard and four years after applying for citizenship, he is becoming an American citizen.
“I always felt like I’ve been an American,” said the 28-year-old Grand Rapids resident. “What I think the feeling is is relief.”
He had joined the National Guard without a green card, which isn’t allowed. That fact messed up his attempts to become a US citizen.
His journey toward citizenship began in 1982, when his mother put him in a canvas-covered boat to smuggle him out of Vietnam.
I wonder how many people sneak out of American in canvas-covered boats to go to Vietnam and join the military, especially since Bush was elected.
In any event, we’ve got a good one and we’re keeping him.