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house Bill H.R. 1989

Giving Undocumented Immigrants Resident Status in Exchange for Armed Forces Service

Argument in favor

Allows undocumented immigrants to prove American allegiance through military service, while offering a solid path to permanent resident status.

Xn's Opinion
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05/10/2015
This strategy has served us well in the past. It offers immigrants the chance for citizenship and helps fill out our ranks. It also invests the immigrants in our country. And certainly earns them a spot. This is nothing new, we used to offer this deal even to prisoners to earn their freedom. It is a fair exchange.
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Evercraft's Opinion
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05/10/2015
Willing to fight for and potentially lose your life for the U.S. is more loyalty than many of our own citizens have.
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05/20/2015
Any person with the courage to put their lives in danger for our country and the fortitude to see it through deserves to reap the benefits of citizenship for the country they honorably served. They serve because they feel America is their home; let's reward them by making it a fact
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Argument opposed

Allows people who are here illegally to skirt the law, while giving them the benefits of that come with serving one of the nation's highest callings.

Samuel's Opinion
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05/10/2015
This initially sounds like a great idea until you realize that not everyone can serve in the military. Therefore it would be unfair to allow some to earn their citizenship without inventing ways for others who can't serve to also become citizens. Otherwise, a great idea.
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David's Opinion
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05/10/2015
This would make the military more vulnerable to infiltration.
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Steven's Opinion
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05/14/2015
No, only the ones who want to serve should be aloud to. Don't let someone serve that is being forced/ made to in return for something. Their heart would not be in it and we don't need that in today's military.
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bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
  • The house has not voted
      house Committees
      Committee on Armed Services
    IntroducedApril 23rd, 2015
    This strategy has served us well in the past. It offers immigrants the chance for citizenship and helps fill out our ranks. It also invests the immigrants in our country. And certainly earns them a spot. This is nothing new, we used to offer this deal even to prisoners to earn their freedom. It is a fair exchange.
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    This initially sounds like a great idea until you realize that not everyone can serve in the military. Therefore it would be unfair to allow some to earn their citizenship without inventing ways for others who can't serve to also become citizens. Otherwise, a great idea.
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    Willing to fight for and potentially lose your life for the U.S. is more loyalty than many of our own citizens have.
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    This would make the military more vulnerable to infiltration.
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    No, only the ones who want to serve should be aloud to. Don't let someone serve that is being forced/ made to in return for something. Their heart would not be in it and we don't need that in today's military.
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    Any person with the courage to put their lives in danger for our country and the fortitude to see it through deserves to reap the benefits of citizenship for the country they honorably served. They serve because they feel America is their home; let's reward them by making it a fact
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    This just seems like a sketchy deal all the way around. Completing some type of service to get a green card ok, but requiring military duty no. Bottom line is find a way to let them stay if they are law abiding citizens.
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    This seems like a no brainer. You serve 4 years and are honorably discharged, I think you have earned the right to permanent status. I think you've earned the right to outright citizenship!
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    This could lead to many issues. My main concern being, it would make it easier for say terrorists or international agents to get involved and into our military and its system.
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    Anyone who serves four years honorably in the military, risking their life to serve this nation, has earned the benefits of legally living here. They have also earned the right to the opportunity for citizenship. They don't get to skip the tests for knowledge of how our country works, or the oath of allegiance, but they do, after four years of honorable service, get to go to the head of the line.
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    So then not only will we have illegals storming the borders (with God knows how many jihadists mixed in- PERFECT WAY TO DESTROY US FROM THE INSIDE BTW) but we will have a military that speaks Spanish and creole (or maybe broken English), we'll have more gang activity (increasingly a problem already) ,sexual assaults will rise, and the welfare numbers will explode. THIS IS GOOD FOR NOONE INVOLVED.
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    Indentured servitude. This bill is nothing more than a modernized form of indentured servitude. Serving your country should be kept voluntary and not used as the launching point into citizenship. This is a coercive tactic by our own government. Serving your country does not make you a loyal citizen. Just ask Timothy McVeigh and others like him.
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    This bill only applies to a very specific variety of alien, those that were brought here before they were 15, earlier than 2011. If they want a way to prove their patriotism and make being here legal, I think that's a great idea.
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    We should learn from history. Rome fell for many reasons, including they filled the ranks of their military with the very same Barbarians they were fighting. By no means are illegal immigrants "barbaric" but they're not us either and they should not be filling our ranks. Who's to say they're fighting for our cause?
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    If you're willing to put your life on the line for the U.S., you should be able to become a citizen. Simple as that.
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    Is this even an argument?! If they risk their lives, they belong.
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    There are many service able men that have lived in the United States all their lives and are treated as second hand citizens all because they had the misfortune of not being born in this great country, despite all their patriotism and love for this country
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    They serve. They also get citizenship. Any less is to dishonor military service entirely.
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    Undocumented immigrants should absolutely be provided with avenues towards citizenship, but to suggest that they can only achieve this through military service, a path that disproportionately serves men and puts lives at risk, is wrong. Joining the armed forces should be considered as one among a number of socially beneficial pursuits for citizenship, and this bill should reflect those options as well.
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    I'd like to add this to the bill though: any politician who votes no for the bill should serve in the armed forces instead.
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