Amendment to National Defense Authorization Act Allows Illegal Aliens to Enlist

The House is currently debating an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that would  make illegal aliens eligible to enlist in the military. Votes on this amendment could be made as soon as Thursday, June 13 or Friday, June 14!

Sponsored by California Republican Rep. Jeff Denham, the only conditions are that the illegal alien: 1) entered the U.S. before 2012; and 2) were younger than 15 when they entered the country. That’s it!

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Then, once the alien enlists, the Secretary of Homeland Security is required to make them a lawful permanent resident (or green card holder).Moreover, DHS doesn’t even need to wait to hand out green cards. Under the Denham amendment, illegal aliens could conceivably enlist in the military and get a green card the same day. Then, due to their military service, these aliens will be on a fast-track to citizenship!

The policy implications of this amendment are severe in addition to the national security risks!

  1.  The Denham Amendment encourages a massive flow of illegal aliens into the military in order to get a green card
  2. The amendment contains no specifics in the amendment regarding how an alien proves he/she came here as a child. As they do already, illegal aliens could easily forge documentation to meet the flimsy requirements of this amendment.
  3. Once the alien enlists, the Secretary of Homeland Security is required to make them a lawful permanent resident (or green card holder).
  4. Under the Denham Amendment, illegal aliens could conceivably enlist in the military and get a green card the same day. Then, due to their military service, these aliens will be on a fast-track to citizenship!