Dear Republicans: Do We Seriously Want Foreign Mercenary Armies?

So we know there are some who are concerned that not enough young people support U.S. military adventurism. We also know that some major Republicans have an inexplicable thirst for “comprehensive immigration control” despite the fact that their base is hostile toward it and the rest of the nation is apathetic about it.

Are the Republicans worried we will run out of soldiers?

From Breitbart.com:

House Republicans are quietly working to insert immigration legislation into the text of the Department of Defense authorization bill that would allow so-called DREAMers to obtain permanent legal residency by joining the military, Breitbart News has learned.

The language, which if successful would mark the first effort by House Republicans to provide any form of amnesty since the GOP took control of the House in 2010, has set off a panic among top immigration hawks that the effort could open an immigration Pandora’s box, paving the way for broader legislation.

Sophomore Republican Rep. Jeff Denham of California, a close ally of GOP Whip Kevin McCarthy, is leading the push to add the text of his “ENLIST Act” into the National Defense Authorization Act, which could come to the House floor as early as next month.

The effort, which has not previously been reported, is fairly advanced, and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte – who killed the proposal as an amendment to last year’s NDAA in a dramatic floor struggle – is weighing whether to approve the maneuver, which would circumvent his committee on one of its key matters of jurisdiction.

I’m curious if anyone asked the soldiers what they think of this idea. Sending foreigners to fight our battles does not seem very American to me. What happens when these veterans, and perhaps even combat veterans, get their citizenship and look for employment outside the army? Will they gravitate toward law enforcement the way many veterans have in the past? Not to wear too much tin foil on my head, but I worry about soldiers stationed here. Are they going to understand the legal limitations on how the military operate on our own soil? Or will their ignorance be useful to our ruling class?

To be quite blunt, serving in our Armed Forces is not something I want to see balanced toward immigrants. It makes a lot more sense for native born Americans to serve in that way. From what I vaguely remember of my Roman history, relying on foreigners to fight your battles is a sign of decline, not strength.

“Amnesty for those illegally here should not be tucked away and hidden within the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA),” Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) said in an emailed statement. “When someone goes into the military they take an oath to protect and defend the United States of America. How can you raise your right hand and promise to defend the U.S. Constitution, while you are breaking the very laws you are sworn to defend?

Alabama Republican Rep. Mo Brooks, a member of the Armed Services Committee, said the provision would jeopardize his support of the overall bill, which is one of the last “consensus” bills that typically garners a large bipartisan majority of support every year.

How do you ensure that illegal aliens are loyal to America and not another country? Is it wise to entrust illegal aliens with questionable loyalties with America’s military secrets and weapons, including weapons of mass destruction? Is it enough that illegal aliens join America’s military, or should they be required to be honorably discharged or serve in combat before receiving amnesty for past illegal conduct? If I don’t have satisfactory answers to these and other questions, I will not support the National Defense Authorization Act that provides amnesty for illegal aliens,” Brooks said in a phone interview.

Another problem I have with this plan is that, if the immigrants deserve residency and “a path to citizenship,” like many say, then how can it be just or right to require them to enlist in the Armed Forces? What is the point of claiming we have a “voluntary” army if many will be driven to enlist by the threat of deportation? If these immigrants ought to be granted citizenship, then coercing them into military service is just wrong.

On its own terms, the ENLIST Act makes no moral sense.