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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

Bill Would Create Path to Citizenship for American Soldiers

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Freshman Florida Republican David Rivera is proposing legislation that would allow illegally present immigrants to join the US Armed Forces and earn access to US permanent residency. Under the bill, introduced this week, illegally present immigrants would be able to join the military and could apply for permanent residency after five years if they have served two years active duty or four years in the reserves and have demonstrated good moral conduct.


The bill might have a decent chance given that both Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney support the measure. That's not to say the rest of the GOP will go along with this, but this is still significant. Those familiar with the DREAM Act may see similarities here to that proposal. This is basically a carve out from the DREAM Act bill focusing on military service and not pursuing higher education. Regular readers of this column know I am a big DREAM Act supporter, but I'm also a pragmatist and believe in pursuing smaller solutions when they're available.


 

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