By definition, illegal immigrants are law breakers. They violated the territorial integrity and hid among our peoples without authorization. Through a controversial interpretation of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution, their children gained US citizenship and the parents tugged at our heartstrings so that they could remain in our country with their children.
Inasmuch as the children born here are citizens, there is no need to amend the National Defense Authorization Act to permit their service. Thus, the proposed amendments only apply to those born elsewhere and here illegally, and I concur with many senior retired military officers and the American Legion who have spoken out against them.
Amnesty is a nettlesome issue and must be dealt with directly and openly. Attempts to slip it past the House hidden in other legislation is not the correct way to resolve our disagreements. Using the military as a platform for social programs only serves to weaken our defense. We don't want to again recruit law-breakers.
America is a land built on the service of law-abiding men and women, those who submit voluntarily to the rule of law. Good order and discipline, essential to a strong military, is especially sensitive to these attributes.
You can learn more about the proposed legislation at Congress.gov