Illegal immigrants should not be able to join the U.S. armed forces

In the June 17 issue of the daily paper in Tulsa, somewhat buried, was a story bearing the headline: “Bid to limit military service rejected” and the sub-headline: “The House bill would have barred immigrants in the country illegally from enlisting.” Credit was given to Richard Lardner of the Associated Press. It was also accompanied by a picture of Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Arizona, quoted as opposing the bill and taking a jab at Donald Trump on the issue.

The first paragraph stated that the House narrowly defeated an attempt to bar young immigrants who are living in the country illegally to enlist in the armed forces. The second paragraph began: “Lawmakers voted 211-210 to reject an amendment by Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Arizona, to the annual defense spending bill.” Thus the headlines were most misleading but definitely had gotten my attention. When things don’t match up like that, it is considered best to go to the source, which in this case would be our congressman’s staff. It was stated that the entire Oklahoma delegation to the House voted yea on this amendment, so thank you to all five members from here.

I was faxed what appears to be eleven pages of the official record of what happened, including the actual wording of the proposed amendment. From the record: “Amendment No. 26 Offered by Mr. Gosar The Acting Chair. It is now in order to consider amendment No. 26 printed in House Report 114-623. Mr. Gosar.

“Mr. Chairman, I have an amendment at the desk. “The Acting Chair: The clerk will designate the amendment. The text of the amendment is as follows: ‘At the end of the bill (before the short title), add the following new section: Sec.__. None of the funds made available by this act may be used to extend the expiration date of, or to reissue with a new date of expiration, the memorandum titled Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest Program Changes and dated September 25, 2014.’”

Followed were the floor arguments by Rep. Gosar and Gallego, then on the last page:

“The Acting Chair. The question is on the amendment offered by the gentleman from Arizona (Mr. Gosar). The question was taken and the Acting Chair announced that the ayes appeared to have it.

“Mr. Gallego. Mr. Chairman, I demand a recorded vote. The Acting Chair. Pursuant to clause 6 of rule XVIII, further proceedings on the amendment offered by the gentleman from Arizona will be postponed.” So maybe a floor vote did not occur?

Thus it is shown that Neil Boortz was correct in his oft-repeated statement: “Don’t believe anything you hear or see in media until you can verify it with two other sources.”

My problem with the opponents is primarily their refusal to accept that by the very act of being here illegally, aliens have committed a crime. Illegally can apply to overstaying a visa as well as entering without one. Thus, having committed a crime, why should they be allowed to join the military, because they cannot be trusted with secrets and/or weapons, and military service for legal aliens provides a shorter track to citizenship. In my opinion we already are swamped with too many legalized foreign born who carry little or no loyalty to and patriotism for the United State.

It seems that the PRESBO and previous administrations, to a lesser extent, are determined to develop a permanent underclass of less educated “freeloaders” who can be counted on to permanently vote for Democrats and depend on the already overloaded welfare and medical systems.

This is another example of PRESBO keeping his first election campaign promise to “fundamentally change America” and all to the detriment of the rest of us as well as the republic born 240 years ago this month. They must be stopped!