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house Bill H.R. 60

Giving Unauthorized Immigrants Resident Status in Exchange for Service in the Military

Argument in favor

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

Leo's Opinion
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08/12/2017
If you are willing to die for the country, you should be given a path to legalization.
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Stephen's Opinion
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08/12/2017
Foreigners have served in our military ever since the Hessians and French fought for us in the American Revolutions. Anyone who willingly serves in our military should be given resident status so that they can then apply for citizenship like every other legal immigrant.
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Olivia's Opinion
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08/12/2017
If these people are able to serve in the military and willing, this is a fantastic way for them to become U.S. citizens.
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Argument opposed

This bill allows people who are here illegally to skirt the law while giving them the benefits that come with serving the nation in the armed forces.

Terry's Opinion
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08/12/2017
The military can be 1 option. How about any form of public service and Americorp.
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Sean76's Opinion
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08/13/2017
I have to oppose this, not because I'm against giving a path to legalization for those entered the country illegally but because of the risk of abuse. Putting someone in the situation of having to choose military service or deportation of perhaps not just themselves but their families as well reaks of coersion. Not to mention potentially filling the military with unwilling participants.
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DrRichSwier's Opinion
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08/12/2017
Come to America legally. Go through the process of becoming a U.S. Citizen. Then if you are accepted, based on merit, then and only then can you enter our military.
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      house Committees
      Committee on Armed Services
    IntroducedJanuary 3rd, 2017

What is House Bill H.R. 60?

This bill — known as the ENLIST Act — would permit unauthorized immigrants who entered the United States before turning 15 years old to join the military. If, after completing their service, those immigrants were honorably discharged, they could then apply for a green card. Securing a green card means they can stay in the U.S. In order to meet enlistment requirements to serve their time in the armed forces, applicants must speak English, pass a background check, and have earned a high school diploma.

This opportunity would only be available to unauthorized immigrants who arrived in the U.S. before December 31, 2012. More recent arrivals would not qualify, even if they had not turned 15 when they entered the country. The criteria for arrival and time spent in the U.S. are essentially the same as the DREAM Act, another immigration reform initiative that aims to give unauthorized immigrants a path to permanent residency.
The bill's full title is the Encourage New Legalized Immigrants to Start Training Act.

Impact

Eligible unauthorized immigrants; their families; the U.S. armed forces; and the Secretary of the Dept. of Homeland Security.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 60

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Jeff Denham (R-CA) introduced this bill to allow qualified unauthorized immigrants to gain legal status through military service:
"There is no greater act of patriotism than serving your country in the armed forces, and my ENLIST Act would allow young immigrants to earn legal status in order to stay in the country they love. Immigrants have honorably served alongside us in the armed forces for decades, and this would be a positive step forward for our nation as we seek a collective solution to this issue."
In the past, some Republicans such as Rep. Steve King (IA) have objected to this bill, who expressed misgivings about the bill during the last Congress:
"If they take that oath of office, illegal aliens into our military have to misrepresent themselves in order to be accepted into the military, so that's fraud... And this bill called the "Enlist Act" would reward them for doing so, for defrauding the Department of Defense and putting on the uniform and at least in theory defending America... We don't ride around throwing citizenship like you do M&M's or Tootsie Rolls or whatever it is we're tossing out in our parades."

This legislation currently has the support of 203 bipartisan cosponsors in the House, including 106 Democrats and 97 Republicans.


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Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: Flickr user NYC Marines

AKA

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.

    If you are willing to die for the country, you should be given a path to legalization.
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    The military can be 1 option. How about any form of public service and Americorp.
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    Foreigners have served in our military ever since the Hessians and French fought for us in the American Revolutions. Anyone who willingly serves in our military should be given resident status so that they can then apply for citizenship like every other legal immigrant.
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    I have to oppose this, not because I'm against giving a path to legalization for those entered the country illegally but because of the risk of abuse. Putting someone in the situation of having to choose military service or deportation of perhaps not just themselves but their families as well reaks of coersion. Not to mention potentially filling the military with unwilling participants.
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    If these people are able to serve in the military and willing, this is a fantastic way for them to become U.S. citizens.
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    Come to America legally. Go through the process of becoming a U.S. Citizen. Then if you are accepted, based on merit, then and only then can you enter our military.
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    If they are willing to fight for us, they should be given the opportunity to become citizens. However, the military should not be the only path for those already here to earn citizenshio.
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    If these people are willing to put their lives on the line for this country then yes they should be given American status!
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    Good benefit for them & U.S.
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    Knowing how this country works, we are going to abuse this for the advantage of the wealthy. No. I wouldn't even die for our country in our present situation, knowing we allow domestic terrorists to kill innocent people but want me to go overseas and should a child?! No. We are so backwards it is unacceptable. If they wish to obtain legal status for the country, be a productive member of it, seeing how not even half of the country is a positive productive member that's already better.
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    This is a no brained: serve in the military, gain a path to citizenship.
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    At this point we just need to get these people documented. This is a fair tradeoff, service for status.
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    ABOSULTELY NOT! What part of illegal don't you understand?!
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    If you are willing to bleed for our American Flag, you should be allowed to live under it.
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    This will be abused by the government. I can see ICE rounding up illegal immigrants and forcing them to serve. Why let American citizens die in needless wars when you can have none citizens do? It's a new form of indentured servitude. These children were brought here by their parents and shouldn't be punished for it. Military service does not denote a love for America nor does asking someone to die or go back to where they came from. Let's look at over options that would actually benefit our country like AmeriCorps or other forms of public service.
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    If they are willing to serve, unlike our toddler in chief who had somewhere around 4 deferments , let them. They are more patriotic in my opinion However, give them citizenship instead of a green card. We have always had non citizens in our armed forces. Unlike our toddler in chief ,who had somewhere around 4 deferments ,
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    Look at our history. Many who immigrated used the military to better their lives and become residents and citizens of this country.
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    Wait, which military...the hired mercenaries to fight in Afghanistan or the Armed forces?
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    There are so many things wrong with this Enlist Act, I'm not sure where to begin. Right now the US isn't even good at allowing volunteers to serve in the military (hello transgender ban), why should they be allowed to pluck kids off the street for military exploitation.
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    Well, seeing how we already do this for linguists we pick up all over the world (Afghanistan, Iraq, etc.) I would say we can extend that same program to any immigrant that meets the physical, moral, and mental requirements of all military service members.
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