Monday, May 19, 2014

Blocking Undocumented Immigrants to ENLIST

WASHINGTON, D.C. (PR)  – Americans United for Change slammed Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor for relinquishing command to anti-immigrant hardliner Steve King by pledging to prevent a vote on the bipartisan ENLIST Act, which would authorize qualified undocumented immigrants to enlist in the U.S. military. Eric Cantor has a message for the selfless immigrants who want to serve and sacrifice on all our behalves: you can’t. UPDATE: Audio teleconference

Brad Woodhouse, President, Americans United for Change: “If any more proof was needed that Eric Cantor is the one man blocking comprehensive immigration reform, watch him put a freeze on arguably its least controversial component: providing a path to citizenship to qualified undocumented immigrants who have bravely served our country in the military.

Cantor’s gavel envy has led him to perform a delicate dance between placating the anti-immigrant Tea Party elements of his caucus like Steve King while also trying to be the ‘new face of the Republican party’ for the business community that supports immigration reform and the many economic benefits it brings.  But if Cantor won’t even give undocumented veterans an up or down vote they deserve, the business community might as well be talking to Steve King about passing comprehensive reform. He’s the one in command here.”

Here’s What Draft Dodging Congressman Steve King Thinks About Qualified Undocumented Immigrants Who Want to Serve in the Military: “As soon as they [Dreamers who want to serve in the armed forces] raise their hand and say ‘I’m unlawfully present in the United States,’ we’re not going take your oath into the military, but we’re going to take your deposition and we have a bus for you to Tijuana.”

As America’s Voice points out: ‘Never mind that one of the first combat deaths in Iraq was Lance Cpl. Jose Gutierrez, who came without papers from Guatemala.  Never mind that more than 100 immigrants have been granted posthumous citizenship after dying in combat in Iraq or Afghanistan, or that more than 100,000 foreign-born individuals currently serve in the US military.  Never mind that military leaders from Colin Powell to Robert Gates support DREAMer enlistment as a way of bolstering the armed services.’

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