CAPS — In post-America – the current era when the United States is perceived as in decline and multiculturalism is on the rise – who should serve in the military is a political football complete with nasty Capitol Hill infighting.
In recent years, Congress has made a significant push to enlist illegal immigrants in the U.S. military. A 2014 effort to add an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) would have given new alien enlistees a legal permanent residency green card, and an eventual path to citizenship. The amendment’s timing was curious. In 2014, then-Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced plans to cut back U.S. Army forces to World War II levels. The strategy seemed to be to displace American soldiers and replace them with unlawful immigrants.
The American Legion, the nation’s largest wartime veteran’s service organization, staunchly opposed the amendment and was critical in the measure’s defeat. Through a representative, the legion said that its long-standing policy remains that it opposes any legislative action that amounts to amnesty.
President Obama, however, circumvented Congress, and found a way to sign up illegal immigrants. Late in 2014, the Defense Department created the Military Accessions Vital to National Interest program that would allow a maximum of 1,500 aliens to enlist, including some that may have qualified for the president’s deferred action for childhood arrivals and others that might be in the U.S. on temporary visas. Allegedly, those 1,500 would have special language skills.