Denham on Illegal Immigrant Enlistment
Congressman Jeff Denham (C-10) is in a bit of a snit today over his inability to grasp, in his words, “…controversy from members (of congress) who have never served their country and don’t understand the impact that immigrants have had on our freedoms.” (Modesto Bee, April 5, 2014)
Okay, it’s possible that we are talking semantics here, but the bill he has introduced is specifically to give undocumented (read: illegal) immigrants US Citizenship in exchange for service (ENLIST Act HR 2377). His statement to the media above, notwithstanding, it’s clear from the opening words of the bill that its purpose is to open undocumented illegal immigrants to enlist in the armed services of the United States.
I have not, nor will I ever be a Member of Congress. I have served in the US Navy, and among the people I met there were dozens of highly motivated, squared away Sailors and Marines who happened to be immigrants. Please note, not illegal immigrants, but immigrants nevertheless. In an odd way, it’s offensive to point out the fact that they were immigrants. They were not there for any reasons other that why all of us were there – to serve. To place their service above any other because of their citizenship status is a flawed thought process, but that isn’t what Denham is talking about anyway even though it appears to be at first glance.
I am talking about people, men and women, who have worked hard and proven their loyalty and trustworthiness to their adopted Country
Congressman Denham is talking about FORCING the US Military to accept and even recruit undocumented illegal immigrants. Why he is hell bent on forcing this on the military is unclear, but there is no doubt that is what he is attempting to do. Presumably he is pushing this bill in the belief that illegal immigrants will return the favor with political support from the Hispanic Community, which most mainline GOP people seem to believe is they key to their achieving eternal power.
A quick survey of Military recruiting sites turns up the following information, you pretty much NEED TO HAVE your citizenship and/or naturalization papers IN HAND when you go to enlist. So how is it a problem to tell kids who came here illegally that if they want to be in the Military (and how many are there who do?) they can follow the exact same procedures and practices that all of those immigrants who “had an impact on our freedoms” followed?