When I wrote my post, asking Republicans if they really wanted foreign mercenaries in our Armed Forces, I was responding to a plan that was being floated to grant citizenship to formerly illegal aliens. I guess I should have also directed that question to the Pentagon leadership, because their answer seems to be “yes” even when the foreigners in question came to the United States illegally.
The Associated Press calmly reports:
The Pentagon is weighing allowing some immigrants brought illegally to the country as youths to serve in the military, a unilateral step by the Obama administration as immigration legislation remains stalled in the Republican-led House.
The Pentagon consideration would apply to immigrants who arrived illegally as kids but already have received work permits and relief from deportation under a program President Barack Obama announced two years ago, called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. More than 500,000 immigrants have benefited from the program.
The Defense Department “continues to examine the laws and policies that address the eligibility of noncitizens to serve in the military in order to determine if and how our programs could be applied to DACA recipients,” Pentagon spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Nate Christensen said in a statement.
Such a move by the Pentagon would be the latest example of the Obama administration taking incremental steps by executive action on immigration with comprehensive overhaul legislation stuck in the GOP-led House 11 months after passage by the Senate. Obama is coming under pressure to make broader moves on executive action as the likelihood grows that the House will not pass any immigration bill this year.
John Boehner pleasantly surprised me by refusing to attach the provision for offering military service as a path to citizenship, claiming “that a national defense bill was not the place for a vote on California Rep. Jeff Denham’s measure offering citizenship to immigrants here illegally who serve.”
But in my opinion, the Pentagon is contemplating treason. Are foreigners here under “delayed action” really going to swear an oath to defend the Constitution from all enemies foreign and domestic? This would be happening at a time when the number of troops is going to be reduced, so that would mean an even higher percentage of the soldiers would be these illegals.
This sounds like a situation only George Lucas could imagine as the devious plan of a Palpatine character. It needs to not happen.