Battle Continues Over Undocumented Immigrants Joining Military
By Elise Foley, Huffington Post | 05/19/2014 5:50 pm EDT:
WASHINGTON — The House will get its chance this week to address — or again skirt — one small piece of immigration reform: whether or not to allow undocumented immigrants to join the military.
Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Va.) bucked the GOP leadership on Monday by filing his legislation, the Enlist Act, as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act. The Enlist Act would allow some undocumented immigrants to join the military and then, under certain circumstances, obtain a green card. A spokesman for House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said on Friday that Denham’s bill would not be debated as part of the defense spending legislation, but Denham, joined by co-sponsor Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), chose to file it anyway.