Friday, May 30, 2014

Obama admin plans to let illegals join the military

Spoke too soon about a good Friday. Apparently, Obama plans to unilaterally use the military as a path to citizenship for younger illegals. Where in federal law is this permissible? No where. And Congress is just gonna let him do it...
HuffPuffPo: Pentagon officials have approved a policy that would allow a limited group of undocumented young people who came to the U.S. as children to enlist in the military, opening up a path for them to eventually become citizens, The Huffington Post has learned.

The move, which has not been formally announced by the Obama administration, would affect some of the roughly 550,000 undocumented young people granted the ability to remain in the country under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, many of whom have pled with the government to allow them to enlist.

Immigrants in the country legally can enlist in the military, and through their service, they can receive expedited naturalization as U.S. citizens. More than 89,000 service members have gained citizenship since September 2002, according to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. But young undocumented immigrants, often referred to as Dreamers, cannot currently enlist, even if they have been granted work authorization and the ability to remain in the country under DACA.

The new change, under a Pentagon recruitment plan called Military Accessions Vital to National Interest, would allow some undocumented immigrants with critical language or medical skills to enlist in the armed forces — considerably limiting the number of Dreamers who would be eligible. Roughly 3,000 legal immigrants have enlisted through the MAVNI program since 2009, and now the program will be open to those who are in the country illegally.
And so advances one man's dictatorial plan to fundamentally transform America.

ADDENDUM: Levin philosophically asks, if this is the routine that will be allowed to continue, do we even need a Congress? This President doesn't think so...and apparently some in Congress think their elected, representative position is just a paid vacation.

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