Updated 6/16/16 4:00pm ET: 30 Republicans joined with every Democrat to allow Obama to enlist illegal aliens in our military at a time of grave national security concerns. Here is a list of the 30 Republicans: Amodei, Chaffetz, Coffman, Costello, Curbelo, Rodney Davis, Denham, Dent, Diaz-Balart, Dold, Donovan, Hardy, King (NY), Kinzinger, LoBiondo, McArthur, McSally, Meehan, Newhouse, Pearce, Poe, Reichert, Ros-Lehtinen, Royce, Simpson, Smith, Stefanik, Upton,Valadao, Zinke.
In an era of rampant social engineering in our military, is it too much to ask that our military at least not be used as an amnesty mill for illegal aliens?
That is a question Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) is asking by introducing an amendment to the annual defense appropriations bill, H.R. 5293 (not to be confused with the National Defense Authorization Act, NDAA, that passed last month) barring Obama’s DACA recipients from entering the military.
Last month, House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-TX), at the behest of Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ), inserted a provision into the NDAA (Section 597) expressing the sense of Congress that the Secretary of Defense has the discretion to authorize the enlistment of illegal aliens when it is “vital to the national interest.”
Although this is non-binding language, the Department of Defense has already unilaterally enlisted illegal aliens into MAVNI, a pilot program created in 2008 designed to recruit legal immigrants with special language skills, but the program was only opened to legal immigrants. That Congress would bless this lawlessness instead of defunding it is unconscionable.
The House will vote on Gosar’s amendment among a stream of amendments to the defense spending bill later today.
At a time when Americans are rightfully outraged over the lack of vetting immigrants who come from volatile parts of the world, the last thing we want it to rely on is Obama’s vetting of illegal immigrants and place them in our own military.
Daniel Horowitz is a senior editor of Conservative Review. Follow him on Twitter @RMConservative.