A military path to citizenship means that the military is now actively recruiting illegals. For now there are some rules that may help avoid certain problems, but those rules can be changed at Presidential whim.
From Breitbart.com: “Obama Enacts Executive Action to Allow Some Dreamers to Serve in Military.”
On the day Attorney General Eric Holder announced his resignation, President Barack Obama enacted an executive action on Thursday to allow certain DREAMers to serve in the military and be put on an expedited path to citizenship.
Obama vowed to hold off on broad executive amnesty that would also potentially grant temporary work permits to millions of illegal immigrants until after the midterm elections to help Senate Democrats retain the Senate. According to the Military Times, this executive action will expand MAVNI (Military Accessions in the National Interest) “to target foreign nationals with high-demand skills, mostly rare foreign language expertise, or specialized health care training.”
The program, which admits foreigners with specialized medical or language skills, will now be “open to immigrants without a proper visa if they came to the U.S. with their parents before age 16” and have been approved for Obama’s 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
The MAVNI program “is capped at 1,500 recruits per year,” and Obama’s executive action “may be the first phase of a broader government-wide effort to ease pressure on immigrants and create new paths to citizenship,” according to the Times, because “after entering military service, foreigners are eligible for expedited U.S. citizenship.” The Times noted that “since 2001, more than 92,000 foreign-born service members have become citizens while serving in uniform.”
Pro-amnesty forces criticize this move as “weak.” I hope they are right. But even if they are this can always be changed (perhaps after the November elections) and made much “stronger” and worse.
Do we want people joining the army because they want to acquire citizenship or because they are citizens who want to serve their country?
If you think Republicans in Congress are going to fight this, stop dreaming. As Breitbart reported earlier in the year, House Republicans attempted to attach a similar provision to a Department of Defense authorization bill.
Frankly, of all the possible paths to citizenship I can imagine, this is one of the worst of them.