Should Illegal Immigrants be Allowed to Serve in the US Military?
My good friend Shirley Spellerberg has a problem with the two most likely presumptive GOP nominees for President. She is upset that both Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney have admitted that they would approve of a modified DREAM act that “focused on military service.”
For Shirley, that is tantamount to “amnesty” and dangerous to national security because she believes that it could allow jihadists to infiltrate our military and commit massacres similar to that perpetrated at Fort Hood.
But, Shirley what about the “rule of law?” I ask this question because current law already allows expedited naturalization through military service. Section 328 and 329 of the Immigration and Nationality Act already exempt members of the U.S. armed forces from residence and physical presence naturalization requirements. They must be current legal residents, but we already allow them to skip the standard process. Why? Because military service is something that our public policy should reward.
Shirley lists the Fort Hood gunmen as an example of the dangerous threat we face from allowing illegal immigrants to enlist. But, Nidal Hassan was born and raised in Arlington, Virginia. He was never an illegal immigrant. He was a terrorist born and raised on U.S. soil.
Shirley’s view would refuse military service and citizenship to Marcario Garcia. Who is Marcario Garcia? Mr. Garcia was not born in the United States. He was born in Mexico and found himself at the age of 24 in Grosshau, Germany pinned down by heavy machine gun fire from Nazi troops.
Wounded, Garcia refused evacuation and crawled forward under the machine gun fire to lob hand grenades into the enemy machine gun nest. He killed three German soldiers and captured four others. He saved his company and was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. Before the war, Garcia had worked as a cotton farmer in Sugarland, Texas coming from Mexico in 1924. He received his American citizenship on June 25, 1947.
Shirley asks “[W]ould you want your son, daughter, sister, brother, father, wife or husband serving alongside an illegal alien who does not pledge allegiance to our flag and to the republic for which it stands?” But she forgets, that by definition, every member of the U.S. Armed Forces must swear and oath to the U.S. Constitution. Yes, Shirley, I would be proud to serve next to soldiers like Marcario Garcia!