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Bill would allow some to trade military service for legal status

A plan to let certain undocumented immigrants trade military time for legal status has some people nervous in the service.

Local military recruits who say they'd accept the measure, but some worry about immigrant allegiance.  "If they feel strongly about this country, they should be able to serve...they should be able to somehow prove that they're dedicated to serving," says one recruit.

The dream act would apply to people who entered the US before age 16 and meet other requirements.  It could apply to an estimated 750,000  undocumented residents of military age.  Under current law, non-citizens can join the military if they're legal US residents.

According to one national veterans' group, more than 100 immigrant soldiers have died in combat in iraq and Afghanistan.  Some of them have received post-humous citizenship.

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