Thirty House Republicans voted with Democratic legislators to let the Pentagon recruit illegal aliens, and also grant them American citizenship, even though the Army and other services are pushing tens of thousands of Americans out of the services.
In a break from previous votes on the issue, the House on Thursday (June 16,2016) rejected two GOP proposals to prevent the Obama administration from enlisting young illegal immigrants to serve in the military.
Lawmakers voted down two measures offered by immigration hard-liners Reps. Steve King (R-Iowa) and Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) that would have prohibited the use of federal money to enlist young illegal immigrants who have been granted work permits under President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
More than 30 Republican Cucks on immigration joined all Democrats in opposing the two amendments offered to a Defense Department spending bill. The amendments failed narrowly with votes of 207-214 and 210-211, respectively.
Certain young illegal immigrants qualify for DACA if they came to the U.S. as minors and have worked toward (not attained) at least a high school education, among other requirements.
The Obama administration has already enlisted some DACA recipients through a program, Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest – or MAVNI, that recruits immigrants with valued foreign language or medical skills to serve in the military. Gosar said the Pentagon confirmed to his office that it had recruited 141 DACA recipients as of April.
The amendments would have blocked the Obama administration from using the MAVNI program to enlist people in the DACA program.
Undocumented Illegal aliens can now join the U.S. military and after a single day in a war zone be granted full rights as a U.S. citizen.
Debate over allowing illegal immigrants to serve in the military nearly sunk the annual Defense authorization bill last year.
The annual spending bill typically passes with a wide bipartisan majority. But the measure passed largely along party lines last week because Democrats opposed a provision to keep the phrase “illegal alien” in subject headings, contrary to a Library of Congress decision to keep it.
Republicans maintained that the phrase simply reflects that some people are in the country illegally. But Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chairwoman Linda Sánchez (Calif.) urged fellow Democrats to vote against the spending bill, arguing that the term “perpetuates racism and promotes hate.”
House Vote #317 in 2016
|NOT VOTING||13 3%||6||7|
|REQUIRED: Simple Majority|
Here is the list of 30 Republican House members that voted to make this the law of the land:
|No||R||McSally, Martha||AZ 2nd|
|No||R||Denham, Jeff||CA 10th|
|No||R||Valadao, David||CA 21st|
|No||R||Royce, Ed||CA 39th|
|No||R||Coffman, Mike||CO 6th|
|No||R||Diaz-Balart, Mario||FL 25th|
|No||R||Curbelo, Carlos||FL 26th|
|No||R||Simpson, Mike||ID 2nd|
|No||R||Dold, Bob||IL 10th|
|No||R||Davis, Rodney||IL 13th|
|No||R||Kinzinger, Adam||IL 16th|
|No||R||Upton, Fred||MI 6th|
|No||R||LoBiondo, Frank||NJ 2nd|
|No||R||MacArthur, Tom||NJ 3rd|
|No||R||Smith, Chris||NJ 4th|
|No||R||Pearce, Steve||NM 2nd|
|No||R||Amodei, Mark||NV 2nd|
|No||R||Hardy, Cresent||NV 4th|
|No||R||King, Pete||NY 2nd|
|No||R||Donovan, Daniel||NY 11th|
|No||R||Stefanik, Elise||NY 21st|
|No||R||Costello, Ryan||PA 6th|
|No||R||Meehan, Patrick||PA 7th|
|No||R||Dent, Charles||PA 15th|
|No||R||Poe, Ted||TX 2nd|
|No||R||Chaffetz, Jason||UT 3rd|
|No||R||Newhouse, Dan||WA 4th|
|No||R||Reichert, David||WA 8th|
However, equally guilty are the six Republicans who chose not to vote:
|No Vote||R||Brat, Dave||VA 7th|
|No Vote||R||Fincher,Stephen||TN 8th|
|No Vote||R||Forbes, Randy||VA 4th|
|No Vote||R||Hanna, Richard||NY 22nd|
|No Vote||R||Heck, Joseph||NV 3rd|
|No Vote||R||Herrera Beutler, Jaime||WA 3rd|
Members of Ryan’s leadership team voted with the Democrats to outsource US military slots to illegals and to foreigners:
- Chairman of House Energy and Commerce Committee Rep. Fred Upton (R.-Mich.)
- Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R.-Utah)
- Rep. Jeff Denham (R.-Calif.)
Denham is a member of Ryan’s House Steering Committee.