WORCESTER (CBS) – Waving American flags, and wearing big smiles, military families reunited in Worcester.

144 members of the National Guard returned home Friday.

The troops are part of the 181st Infantry.

WBZ-TV’s Karen Anderson reports

They have been serving in Afghanistan for the past year, providing security for a base in Kabul.

“It’s exciting, it’s exhilarating it’s good to be home,” said one soldier.

More than 600 National Guard members will return to Massachusetts by next week.

Comments (4)
  1. karen s says:

    welcome home members of the 181st! you and your families are the best & the brightest. enjoy your reunions, job well done.

  2. Holly says:

    The myth that illegal aliens only hold jobs that American workers won’t do is just that — a myth. Recent studies estimate that 20 percent of cooks, 25 percent of construction workers, 22 percent of maids and housekeeping personnel, and 25 percent of groundskeepers are illegal aliens. In addition, 40 percent of illegal aliens are visa overstays, many of whom take high-end jobs from Americans.
    When fast-food company Chipotle was audited and hundreds of its illegal workers were fired, American citizens lined up the next day for a chance to work at those jobs. . .
    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services data from last year show that 98.3 percent of employees were confirmed as work-authorized instantly or within 24 hours using E-Verify. A 2009 report by research firm Westat found that those eligible to work are immediately confirmed 99.5 percent of the time.
    E-Verify is free, very accurate and reduces paperwork for American businesses.
    Please put your efforts into helping the truly down and out Americans. Please put your efforts in helping mothers, fathers, teenagers find work. There are generations of families who cannot compete with the under the table dealings of illegal’s and have gone out of business. Fax your representative today. Faxes and calls work and are free at Numbers…..(look it up and just do it!)

    1. Jon says:

      Even better, let’s just put an electronic chip in the chests of “legal” babies as they are born.

      Nevermind that in a free market labor and capital should be able to cross borders without restriction. Nevermind the impracticality of poor families to pay the necessary fees and meet the necessary regulations to gain legal citizenship. Nevermind that we waste billions of dollars to build fences and enforce immigration laws that do not make sense. Nevermind that this country is a nation of immigrants. Nevermind the typical American worker is continually getting older and more educated, and the pool of workers that do not require a high school diploma continues to shrink.

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