Alien Minors Act could boost U.S. military ranks.

Immigration advocates have long pushed for the DREAM Act as…

Immigration advocates have long pushed for the DREAM Act as a way to give children who were brought to the U.S. illegally by their parents a chance to become legal residents and have access to higher education.

The less publicized part of the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act is that the Pentagon is pushing for it as a means to staff the armed forces.

Prospects dimmed Tuesday when Senate Republicans prevented a vote on a defense spending bill, because the DREAM Act was attached as an amendment. Senate Democrats vowed to reintroduce it.

When the Department of Defense published its three-year strategic plan, it listed the DREAM Act as a way it could replenish its ranks.

“If we needed to expand the pool of eligible youth, the (DREAM) initiative would be one of several ways to do it,” spokeswoman Eileen Lainez said in an e-mail.

Retired Army lieutenant colonel Margaret Stock says a “crisis in military manpower” is looming as the population ages and the economy improves. She says the military struggled to recruit enough people when the economy was booming just a few years ago because people had more employment options.

“DREAM would give us the ability to tap into a huge number of people who grew up in the United States, were educated here, they talk like Americans, they look like Americans and their loyalty lies with America,” says Stock, a former West Point professor who teaches political science at the University of Alaska-Anchorage.

The act would allow illegal immigrants who met several requirements — 35 or younger, came to the U.S. before turning 16, have lived here at least five years, no criminal record and have earned a high school diploma — to become conditional residents for up to six years. They would be eligible to become permanent residents if they completed two years of college or two years in the military.

The Migration Policy Institute, a non-partisan research group that supports an overhaul of immigration law, estimates that more than 725,000 people would be eligible immediately for conditional residency. An additional 1.4 million would meet all the requirements except the high school diploma.

The military part of the act worries Jorge Mariscal, director of Latino studies at the University of California-San Diego.

He says many illegal immigrant families are too poor to pay for college.

“Our concern is that people are just going to get trapped for economic reasons into the military,” says Mariscal, who otherwise supports the DREAM Act.

Roy Beck, executive director of NumbersUSA, which advocates lower levels of legal and illegal immigration, opposes the DREAM Act because it does not address the larger problems of illegal immigration.

Source: Alan Gomez for USA Today.

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  • If the ranks of the US military are “filled up” by foreigners, the United States of America, risks the same fate of all nations that have depended on foreign soldiers for their defense.If our American men do not wish to sign up, maybe it is because they are misused so often. They fight police actions for globalist causes,not American ones. They are not allowed decisive victory. They are taught that the enemy is their friend,even though those friends ambush them.When was the last time that America fought a constitutionally DECLARED war by the Congress? If the NAU takes over America,Mexico and Canada,the Mexican troops can be used against American “patriots”. Say no to this bad idea. We don’t want to end up like ROME.

  • James P Mullin

    Johnny, don’t be personally insulting to someone whose capabilities you have no idea of. You might insult some battle hardened ex specop,ex merc who could track you down.Keep it civil,you never know who you are really talking to here. Are you a liberal? Just wondering.Take care Johnny. PS No i’m not an ex specop exmerc with good tracking knowledge.

  • JohnnyBeGood

    Wow James, your closed minded ignorant rant is upsetting beyond words. While I agree with you that America is too fat to serve, you are pointing your finger at things that are so incredibly insignificant in regards to the deterioration of this country. How about open bribes in the form of campaign finance, poor education, and advocates lobbying in congress for companies that cause the detriment of the quality of life like all the garbage food, tobacco, and weapons manufacturing? Pull your head out of your gaping asshole and curb your nostalgia for the 1950s nuclear family era that represents a racist, sexist, oppressive culture.

  • Right Coast

    Who is the U.S. denying? America is in two wars that we shouldn’t be in right now, maybe that’s why nobody is signing up for the military in droves.

    Wow…” outlaw a few things,men wearing earrings,dyed spiked hair,goth clothes,gangsta low hanging pants,rap music,satanic music,hedonism,extreme selfishness,single parenthood,welfare for women who are baby factories”

    I can’t stop laughing at “…sexual favors that most whores wouldn’t do 30 years ago.”

  • James P Mullin

    To save America we must outlaw a few things,men wearing earrings,dyed spiked hair,goth clothes,gangsta low hanging pants,rap music,satanic music,hedonism,extreme selfishness,single parenthood,welfare for women who are baby factories,illegal aliens ( oh wait,they are already outlawed ) the list goes on and on.the sad fact is that the majority of American’s are now ignorant low class ahole who don’t care about our country or the constitution.I heard a report that 30% of American males are too fat for military service. Many are feminized or so selfish that they think nothing of their girlfriends having their kids out of marriage.they don’t care if their sons and daughters are aborted.the women have no class and most do sexual favors that most whores wouldn’t do 30 years ago.America is doomed,illegal alien’s becomming undercover soldiers for the NAU is just icing on the cake. Is America still worth defending? I have no answer for that.

  • Dan. S

    Sounds like history repeating itself if you ask me. We’ve run out of ideas okay, let’s go back when we made immigrants soldiers because they cannot afford to buy your way out. James I am with you on this one. The military is willing to bring those who probably want nothing to do with the military when they are denying those who want to serve. But due to new restrictions with re-enlisting, those who WANT to serve, cannot. Ass backwards if you ask me.

  • James P Mullin

    If the ranks of the US military are “filled up” by foreigners, the United States of America, risks the same fate of all nations that have depended on foreign soldiers for their defense.If our American men do not wish to sign up, maybe it is because they are misused so often. They fight police actions for globalist causes,not American ones. They are not allowed decisive victory. They are taught that the enemy is their friend,even though those friends ambush them.When was the last time that America fought a constitutionally DECLARED war by the Congress? If the NAU takes over America,Mexico and Canada,the Mexican troops can be used against American “patriots”. Say no to this bad idea. We don’t want to end up like ROME.