In keeping with its recent effort to avoid actions that might discourage House Republicans from taking up immigration legislation, the White House told the Department of Defense to delay a plan that would allow illegal aliens to serve in the military if they qualified for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals executive amnesty and possess certain skills.

According to the New York Times, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel informed a number of Democratic Senators last week that he had taken initial action to allow for the enlistment of DACA recipients under the Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest (Mavni) program. It gives legal immigrants with certain temporary visas an opportunity to enlist if they have advanced medical skills or if they speak a strategic language needed by the Defense Department, such as Arabic, Farsi, Hindi, or certain African languages. Mavni currently offers an expedited path to naturalization for its legal immigrant participants.

The Times spoke to “legal experts and immigrant leaders” who said few would qualify under the plan’s medical and language requirements. In addition, Manvi already has a backlog of applicants under its annual quota of 1,500 places.

Hagel’s letter reportedly drew a rebuke from Sen. Majority Whip Richard Durbin., D-Ill., and other Senators who want eligibility for a much broader group of illegal aliens. Illegal alien advocates also criticized the plan.

On May 31st, the White House told Hagel to delay further action on his plan until Congress adjourns for its August recess. Officials said the president did not want to take any administrative steps that might anger House Republicans during the period when they might vote on immigration legislation. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson has already delayed action on his executive amnesty review.

White House domestic policy adviser Cecilia Munoz said, “These are both modest steps, neither of which we are taking at this time. We will reassess once we see what Congress does or doesn’t do….The president is convinced there is a legislative opportunity, and that gives us the best chance to fix what is broken in our immigration system. He wants to leave no stone unturned to let the House do what it should do.”

Read more in the New York Times.

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Updated: Mon, Jun 16th 2014 @ 1:25pm EDT

Jm  2943 of CO's picture

It gets you so angry when you keep hearing about all the programs and ways Obama and Congress want to help illegals when the same people wont do anything for our own including reducing legal immigration and getting illegals out of the work force.

No Amnesty NO work permits. NO nothing but deportations and reduce legal immigration to under 100000 per year including refugees.

GlenR 1973 of WV's picture

"if they speak a strategic language needed by the Defense Department, such as Arabic, Farsi, Hindi, or certain African languages."

That is really sad, the ILLEGALS in the Texas bilingual program for “spanish” only speakers, Pre-K thru 5th, have to attempt to be taught proper Spanish before they can make any attempt to teach them English and most can not or will not learn English. The school districts with the bilingual programs receive more Taxpayers’ money so they normally stay in the program as long as they are allowed. Of course the Feds will say this is for all ILLEGALS not just Spanish speaking ILLEGALS, but you can see who supports this “law”, wonder why!

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Sonny 5967 of AZ's picture

With this administration, Pig Latin will do. And you don't even have to really know it, just be enrolled in a bogus course funded by some billionaire.

Albert 3441 of PA's picture

It sounds as though the Obama administration is suggesting that unless congress grants a legislative amnesty to immigration criminals, the administration will continue its policy of subverting US immigration law as it has for the past 5 years.

I suppose that the House of Representatives should feel a sense of gratitude for this forbearance, but I doubt most US citizens will.

GlenR 1973 of WV's picture

You are correct, the larger issue is the complete disrespect of the Citizens and our government institutions by the Feds, they have an agenda to destroy the United States as it exists and they will not allow anything much less the Law to get in their way!

Roger 8615 of CA's picture

Sorry to imform you Cecilia Munoz our system is not broken and why do you give special treatment to illegal aliens. Oh, because the system doesn't work the WAY YOU want it too.

John 4110 of MI's picture

The president has stretched or violated the law with the mass deferred deportation. Does he have authority to grant permanent legal status or citizenship to illegals that serve in the military?

John 4110 of MI's picture

The president has stretched or violated the law with the mass deferred deportation. Does he have authority to grant permanent legal status or citizenship to illegals that serve in the military?

John 4110 of MI's picture

The president has stretched or violated the law with the mass deferred deportation. Does he have authority to grant permanent legal status or citizenship to illegals that serve in the military?

John 4110 of MI's picture

The president has stretched or violated the law with the mass deferred deportation. Does he have authority to grant permanent legal status or citizenship to illegals that serve in the military?

Peter 8089 of TX's picture

What continues to amaze me is how our elected officials help the illegal immigrants with welfare benefits, free education for their children, food stamps and medical attention for their families while allowing them to be here and taking jobs from our citizens. Many of the foreigners do not report their wages and pay taxes on their earnings so there is no contribution being made but they all want the free benefits. These benefits will be paid for them by our legal taxpayers. Without controlling our borders this problem will never be solved.

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Aaron 8129 of ID's picture

Meanwhile if US citizens wants any of these benefits we have to go though tons of paperwork just to get them! This is so unfair! It's way beyond time to deport them all!

Philip 5927 of AZ's picture

Lawless Obama and corrupt politicians want military benefits to finance illegal aliens. They insult all American citizens who are serving or who have served our country. They don't seem to have much respect for the Military. Unfortunately, Chuck Hagel led-Department of Defense is part of lawless Obama administration. According to, "22 members of the Obama administration are either in the United States Cabinet (15) or are in positions considered to be Cabinet-level (7)." 22 lawless members work for illegal aliens only! They are too full of troubles in our country!

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Peter 8089 of TX's picture

Hagel was a joke when he was nominated for his current job. His responses to questions asked during the investigation of his background were terrible and some of his answers made no no sense whatsoever. He was, at times, plain dumb and he has not improved.

Gene 5798 of TX's picture

Unless he has switched recently, Chuck Hagel is a republican! How mush evidence is needed that we have two wings of one party in the U.S.

Mike 1111 of CO's picture

US Needs Less Immigrants And No Illegals.

We have 10 million unemployed Americans, 11 million underemployed Americans, and 12 million Illegals. These numbers are not a coincidence.

Immigration causes HUGE job losses among Americans. The workforce is just way too big for the size of the economy. To help the economy, we need to CUT WAY BACK ON IMMIGRATION, especially Illegals. With such high unemployment in America, immigration is just insane.

It is estimated that Illegals occupy about 7 million American jobs; out of a labor force of 150 million, this is 4.6% of unemployment. So, without the Illegals, unemployment would be 3% instead of 7%, and underemployment would also be lower.

Make a list of countries with low immigration, and you'll see that they also have low unemployment and good, living wages, e.g. Austria, Japan, Norway. Immigration is stupid; just don't do it !!!

Amnesty or asylum would not even solve the problem. Sure, the Illegals would take it. You'd get even more Illegals !!! We already have 11 million Illegals; how many do we need ??? Amnesty is stupid; just don't do it !!!

A first good move on immigration would be NATIONWIDE MANDATORY e-VERIFY. This will remove the 'magnet' of money that draws Illegals. They will stop coming here, start going home, and the problem will shrink. Whenever/wherever we have done this, unemployment drops and Illegals leave.

Next, it would make sense to strengthen the Secure Communities Act, speeding up the deportations of the ones we've already captured committing other crimes, making the size of the problem smaller. Then, we can deal with the rest as we catch them.

Then, cut immigration in 1/2 now for 10 years, close the border, and start visa exit/entry checking; these will quickly catch the Illegals. If you have to build a Desert Camp to hold them all until deportation, do it; Israel built one, and it works great.

CUT WAY BACK ON IMMIGRATION. Grow jobs, reduce unemployment, and spread prosperity. NATIONWIDE MANDATORY e-VERIFY and the SECURE COMMUNITIES ACT will get the job done; let's do them NOW.


The economy and labor market will BOOM once these policies are fully in place. There are no jobs for Illegals. They are trying to take our US citizens' jobs away.

Australia, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, and UK already do this, and they are doing well.

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Thomas 2924 of IN's picture

Obama seems to have decided that rule by decree is a valid alternative to passage of laws by Congress. The appropriate solution to that species of high crime is prompt impeachment, something that a responsible Congress would have done by now.

Gene 5798 of TX's picture

Key phrase in your post, Thomas "responsible Congress," and you are right, But all indications are we will have a quite similar Congress for 2015-16. It is sorrowful that American voters cannot see what the last 30 years has done and is doing to the USA.

None 2150 of WY's picture

I find it very disgusting and unreal that the illegals can just cross the borders and nothing happens to them and we have to jump through legal hoops to try and get them deported or stop them?

Its obvious something is very, very, wrong here!!!!!!!!!!!

B.O. and his sheep need to be impeached right now! Why it hasn't been initiated, I really don't understand. More hoops I guess for the citizen, no hoops for the illegals. LOL

Caroline 7445 of CO's picture

I believe illegal alien military enlistment is not an actual plan but a Trojan Horse. It doesn't make any sense. Why would an illegal alien join the military to get citizenship when s/he can just sit back and eventually be amnestied?

Neola 3426 of OR's picture

Oh, criminals (that is what illegal aliens are) who can't speak or read English - that is what we need in the military!!! When are the political morons going to start worrying about Americans?????????????????