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house Bill H.R. 2377

Armed Forces Service in Exchange for U.S. Citizenship

Argument in favor

Allows undocumented immigrants to prove American allegiance through military service.

Argument opposed

Highly contentious and addresses only one, minute component of our broken immigration system.

What is House Bill H.R. 2377?

This bill, commonly known as the ENLIST Act, would permit  undocumented immigrants who entered the United States prior to turning 15 years old to join the military. If such immigrants were honorably discharged, they could then apply for a green card. 


The bill would impact undocumented immigrants who meet the above criteria and seek to join the Armed Forces.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 2377

A CBO cost is unavailable.


Encourage New Legalized Immigrants to Start Training Act

Official Title

To amend title 10, United States Code, to authorize the enlistment in the Armed Forces of certain aliens who are unlawfully present in the United States and were younger than 15 years of age when they initially entered the United States, but who are otherwise qualified for enlistment, and to provide a mechanism by which such aliens, by reason of their honorable service in the Armed Forces, may be lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence.

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
    IntroducedJune 14th, 2013