House Amendment would Grant Military DREAM Act

While the Senate debates a 1,000+ page amnesty bill, the House of Representatives is gearing up for a potential vote that would create a smaller—but still consequential—amnesty of its own.

An amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act sponsored by Rep. Jeff Denham (R-CA) would make illegal aliens eligible to enlist in the military. The only conditions are that the illegal alien: 1) entered the U.S. before 2012; and 2) were younger than 15 when they entered the country. Once the alien enlists, the Secretary of Homeland Security is required to adjust his or her status to that of a lawful permanent resident (or green card holder). The green card will be rescinded only if the alien is separated from the military under “other than honorable conditions.” Presumably these illegal aliens will be able to obtain citizenship after the standard five-year naturalization waiting period for green card holders.

Rep. Denham, one of four GOP Members of the House to vote against Steve King’s successful amendment to the DHS appropriations to defund the Morton Memos and President Obama’s backdoor DREAM Act, seems to be offering the House its first big amnesty test case this legislative session. If the amendment is not ruled out of order, it is likely to be voted on June 13th or 14th.

It will be important to watch how House Leadership handles this one…

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  1. avatar
    carol herrera on

    what a lot of u don’t know is that a lot of american citizens are married to the same people u are talking about. most of them do jobs that the americans don’t want to do or think they are to good to do. they have children that are citizens, ten or more years ago people didn’t think about where their neighbor came from or if he was legal or not.only when people started losing their jobs did any of this come up.

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    Martha Sager on

    This is crazy. Why are we even thinking about giving “amnesty” to people that have already shown their dislike of our laws. It is obvious they will obey only the laws that are convenient for them. I truly believe that they should ALL go back to their country of origin. While working at a high school, I can tell you that “that law doesn’t concern me” is not used only once. They continue to follow only the laws they want to. We have enough native born people that are criminals with out taking in ones from our bordering countries.

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    You don’t want undocumented people here yet you want to send them to defend you! It’s better to send them to war than to accept them here!

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      @ Vicky If they want to live in the US then they should be subject to whatever a citizen is. they will be getting a green card for their service without having to go through the same channels as someone coming here legally. Why should our young men be the only ones to be in the military when these people come here illegally and reap the benefits of citizenship without any of the consequences.

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    One Question

    Why in the HADES are we mixing RISKY IAs [uncleared] into our military security positions in the first place?

    It would save a lot of money to simply hand the keys to our defense security vault to our enemies directly.

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    John Winthrop on

    The above comment is referred to the fact that it is a screen to get rid of them……….force them to join………………shameful…..

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    John Winthrop on

    This is so UNAMERICAN just for the fact that this is being done viciously……….I have never seen this before where these wax figures want to send these kids to die……………………………in return to the American nightmare….either death or come back all mentally disturbed for the rest of your lives…………

    These congress’ reps should have their own children go to War then how it feels….

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      Shameful Mr. Winthrop? And it’s not shameful that they are pouring over our borders illegally every day? They should be jailed if they set foot on American soil!!

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    Without proper screening this provides citizenship and military training for gangbangers.