The House Armed Services Committee approved an amendment, offered by Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.), on Wednesday to the National Defense Authorization Act of 2016 that affirms Pres. Obama's unconstitutional 2012 DACA amnesty. The amendment was narrowly approved 33-to-30 by the Committee, mostly along party lines, but with enough GOP support to pass.
The amendment expressed that it's the sense of Congress to encourage the Secretary of Defense to waive military enlistment requirements for illegal aliens who receive Pres. Obama's DACA amnesty. DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) grants amnesty and work permits to illegal aliens who would have qualified for the DREAM Act had Congress passed it.
Title 10 of existing federal law already provides the Secretary of Defense with discretion to allow ineligible aliens to enlist in the military if it is vital to the national interest. So yesterday's vote did nothing more than affirm Pres. Obama's unconstitutional DACA amnesty.
(2) Notwithstanding paragraph (1), the Secretary concerned may authorize the enlistment of a person not described in paragraph (1) if the Secretary determines that such enlistment is vital to the national interest.
Republican Reps. Mike Coffman of Colorado, Chris Gibson of New York, Frank A. LoBiondo of New Jersey, Thomas MacArthur of New Jersey, Martha E. McSally of Arizona, and Ryan Zinke of Montana voted for the amendment.
Updated: Wed, Oct 11th 2017 @ 3:26pm EDT