Should illegal aliens serve in the military?

17 06 2007

Cross posted from    Right Truth
There may a provision in the immigration bill to provide “a way for
high-achieving children of undocumented or illegal residents to join
the military and, ultimately, become citizens.” I would love to know
your opinion on this. From the Department of Defense website Bill
Carr, acting deputy undersecretary of defense for military personnel
policy, hopes the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors,
or DREAM provision, “won’t fall off the radar screen.” (big hat tip to
Ortho at Baudrillard’s Bastard)

“In other words, if you had come across (the border) with your
parents, yet you were a minor child and have been in the U.S. school
system for a number of years, then you could be eligible to enlist,”
he said. “And at the end of that enlistment, then you would be
eligible to become a citizen.”

Because the provision would have applied only to the “cream of the
crop” of students who have demonstrated top aptitude, it would have
been “very appealing” to the military, Carr said. “It would have been
good for readiness,” he said.

While President Bush returns to Washington to help revive the
stalled immigration reform package, Carr said talk is already taking
place to see if at least the DREAM provision of the stalled bill can
proceed.

At this point, he said, “we are not sure if the Congress would be
interested in resurrecting that segment of the bill.”

Certain non-citizens have been eligible to enlist in the military
since the Revolutionary War. Today, about 35,000 non-citizens serve in
the military, and about 8,000 permanent resident aliens enlist every
year, said Marine Maj. Stuart Upton, a Pentagon spokesman.

The 2006 National Defense Authorization Act established uniform
citizenship or residency requirements for enlisting in the military.
President Bush’s executive order allowing non-citizens to apply for
citizenship after only one day of active-duty military service remains
in effect, Upton said. (DOD)

**This was a production of The Coalition Against Illegal Immigration
(CAII). If you would like to participate, please go to the above link
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