Next week, the House is expected to take up the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). It is expected that Rep. Jeff Denham’s (R-CA) Encourage New Legalized Immigrants to Start Training, or “ENLIST,” Act (H.R. 2377) will be added as an amendment to NDAA.
ENLIST Act would allow DREAMers—unlawful immigrants brought to the U.S. as minors—to acquire lawful permanent resident (LPR) status in exchange for military service. Exchanging military service for amnesty is wrong. It undermines the rule of law and encourages future unlawful immigration. This proposal would add insult to injury by politicizing the NDAA.
Washington lawmakers are pushing for a House vote on legislation (H.R. 435 and H.R.2377) that would grant amnesty to those living in the United States illegally in exchange for military service. Having served in the United States Marine Corps, I can attest that this is a misguided approach. Amnesty is wrong and undermines the rule of law by encouraging future unlawful immigration. This proposal would add insult to injury.
One of the great privileges of being American is the protection and security afforded us by our men and women in the military, arguably the finest military ever assembled. Examples of unrest in other countries around the world abound in the news, and history is replete with examples of nations unable to protect their sovereignty and integrity because they were unprepared or too weak militarily. Presumably, the Pentagon has taken current threats to the U.S. into account and has learned from the past to determine the needs of our military today.
It’s true that a majority of Americans (56%) want to bring home troops from Afghanistan as soon as possible. But is this sound military policy? Is it wise for President Obama to conduct foreign policy (or any policy) based on what the polls say?
The answer is most certainly no. Unfortunately, many Americans don’t understand what’s at stake in Afghanistan. That’s not their fault; they’re not there and their elected leadership has done a poor job explaining the situation.
The House is planning to hold a vote on the America Invents Act which has become known as the “Patent Reform” bill. This bill has become controversial due to the fact that it shifts appropriations power from Congress and into the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, allowing them to not only increase their own prices, but spend that revenue as well.
The Senate will focus on reauthorization of the Economic Development Agency. Numerous amendments have been offered to the bill including one to repeal tax incentives for ethanol subsidies and one that would repeal the Dodd-Frank bill.