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Quote of the moment: An aspiring soldier without papers

"A Navy recruiter came to my high school, and I told him about my status. I told him that I was his next Navy SEAL (the best of the best). He chuckled, and I did, too. I told him I didn't have a Social Security number and asked if that would be a problem. He answered yes."

- Jose Patino, Phoenix

From a letter published over the weekend in the Arizona Republic from Patino, who wrote about how he first began dreaming of joining the military after watching his action heroes on film as a young boy. The recruiter told him that joining "would be a problem," he wrote.