Re­spect the mil­i­tary

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Con­gress­man French Hill cur­rently sup­ports a bill named the En­cour­age New Le­gal­ized Im­mi­grants to Start Train­ing (EN­LIST) Act (HR 60).

On the sur­face this bill seems like a harm­less idea: The U.S. mil­i­tary re­ceives more troops and those who re­cently im­mi­grated to our coun­try be­come el­i­gi­ble to serve. Pro­po­nents of this bill ar­gue that both the mil­i­tary and our im­mi­gra­tion sys­tem ben­e­fit from this leg­is­la­tion, but I be­lieve this couldn’t be fur­ther from the truth.

The EN­LIST Act would al­low il­le­gal im­mi­grants to re­ceive law­ful per­ma­nent res­i­dent sta­tus in ex­change for mil­i­tary ser­vice, aka mil­i­tary amnesty. The leg­is­la­tion does noth­ing to ad­vance U.S. na­tional se­cu­rity ob­jec­tives. It un­der­mines the mil­i­tary by un­nec­es­sar­ily drag­ging the con­tro­ver­sial im­mi­gra­tion de­bate into the U.S. mil­i­tary and the brave men and women who serve it. The EN­LIST Act also da­m­ages our al­ready bro­ken im­mi­gra­tion sys­tem by putting those who vi­o­lated the law ahead of those who want to come to our coun­try legally.

Con­gress­man French Hill should re­spect our mil­i­tary and the rule of law by re­mov­ing his name from the co-spon­sor list and op­pos­ing the EN­LIST Act.

RON URSERY Maumelle

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