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House Bars Dreamers From Military - To Protect Soldiers' Health? By Roger Algase

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The Huffington Post reports that on May 14, the House voted to delete a provision from a defense authorization bill that would have requested the Defense Department to consider DREAMERS for enlistment in the military. The amendment stripping this provision from the bill narrowly passed the House, with 20 Republicans voting with the Democrats to keep the provision in the bill.

The successful amendment to delete the provision and effectively bar DREAMERS from enlisting in the military was offered by Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL), who recently suggested that a measles outbreak in the US may have been caused by "illegal aliens".

http://thinkprogress.org/immigration.../3618647/mo-br...

Rep. Brooks stated the reason for his opposition to allowing DREAMERS to serve in the military as follows:

"Each time an illegal alien takes an enlistment opportunity, an American or lawful immigrant loses an enlistment opportunity..."

Based on his comments about measles, Brooks must have also no doubt been concerned about protecting the health of our soldiers.

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Updated 05-15-2015 at 01:44 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

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  1. Retired INS's Avatar
    How can people complain that Dreamers might take someone else's place in the military at a time when the military is having trouble finding qualified people to enlist? Many Dreamers speak perfect English and have good grades in school. Some have lived in the United States since early childhood and know no other life.

    Enlisting in the military would be a great opportunity for Dreamers. They would get job training and a path to citizenship (assuming they serve during a time when our soldiers are fighting somewhere in he world).
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