Amendments On Undocumented Immigrants In The Military Won’t Get A Vote In The House
By Elise Foley, Huffington Post | 05/21/2014 12:38 am EDT
WASHINGTON — It’s been 11 months since the Senate approved a sweeping immigration overhaul. In the House, meanwhile, comprehensive immigration reform hasn’t budged — and narrow measures aren’t getting a chance, either.
On Tuesday, the House Rules Committee blocked three immigrant-related amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act, stalling the effort by several Republican and Democratic members to allow undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children to enlist in the military. The amendments to the defense spending bill could have served as a chance for the House to vote on a component of immigration reform — albeit a very narrow one — after months of talk from leadership about wanting to address the issue.