See #28. Illegals cannot enlist.
"Illegals cannot enlist."
But they can, and they do.
FROM OCTOBER 2003:
Abolishing America (cont.): P.C. Insanity At the Pentagon
By Michelle Malkin
If Osama bin Laden snuck into our country illegally, bought fake immigration papers, and changed his name to Osmundo Ben Ladeño, could he join the U.S. military?
Last week, the Army announced that Pvt. Juan Escalante, a 19-year-old illegal alien from Mexico who had used a $50 bogus green card to enlist, would be allowed to remain in the armed forces.
Wait, theres even more good news for ID fakers looking to infiltrate the military: Thanks to President Bushs executive order allowing non-citizen soldiers to obtain expedited naturalization benefits, Escalantean admitted, two-time lawbreakerwill be rewarded with American citizenship. Army officials at Fort Stewart, Ga., have promised to actively assist Escalante in securing legal status.
An estimated 10,000 non-citizens in uniform have now applied for fast-track citizenship. The pander bears at the Pentagon have no idea how many are illegal aliens who used fake papers to enlist.
Be all that you can be, be whoever you say you want to be, and an Army paycheck is yours.
Isnt there a federal law against knowingly hiring illegal aliens?
Why, yes, there is. United States Code, Title 8, Chapter 12, Subchapter II, Part VIII, Section 1324(a) states unambiguously: It is unlawful for a person or other entity to hire, or to recruit for employment in the United States an alien knowing the alien is an unauthorized alien. The same section of the law also makes clear that any person knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that an alien has come to, entered, or remains in the United States in violation of law who harbors such alien in any place shall be fined or imprisoned.
And, hey, isnt there something in the U.S. Military Oath of Office mandating that all personnel inducted in the armed forces respect our laws?
Why, yes, there is. U.S. Code, Title 10, Subtitle A, Part II, Chapter 31, Section 502 requires inductees to swear an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States. The military oath also requires enlistees to abide by the Uniform Code of Military Justice, which, under Subchapter X, Article 83, makes fraudulent enlistment by any person who procures his own enlistment or appointment in the armed forces by knowingly false representation punishable by court-martial.
And, wait, isnt the Department of Homeland Security trying to root out and deport illegal aliens using fake IDs to work on military bases?
Why, yes, it is. This February, the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (BICE) arrested 37 illegal aliens at Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne, Wyomingmany of whom had used fake papers to gain employment and access to the headquarters of the nation's largest arsenal of intercontinental nuclear missiles. In July, another group of illegal aliens with fake Social Security numbers were arrested at Fort Dix and McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey. Last month, BICE arrested 14 more illegal aliens employed by a San Diego Navy contractor. They use fake green cards and Social Security numbers to get jobs with repairing military ships. Four more illegal aliens were arrested last month at Grand Forks (S.D.) Air Force Base. Two were charged with possessing counterfeit immigration documents. The other two are being deported.
None of those arrested in the illegal-alien sweeps at our military facilities has been tied to Islamic terrorism. But the point being driven home by BICE is that if well-meaning immigration outlaws can penetrate our bases, so can far more nefarious con artists from abroad.
If homeland defense experts understand that employing illegal aliens who used false ID to get contracting jobs at military installations is an obvious national security concern, then why cant the Pentagon see that allowing them to join the ranks is even more threatening to our laws, order, and sovereignty? (And what does it say about the competence of Army recruiters when they cant identify a cheap fake green card from a real one? Its not like Pvt. Escalante was applying for a job at T.J. Maxx.)
One of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfelds famous rules is: If you foul up, tell the president and correct it fast.
Well, hurry up, Mr. Rumsfeld. This P.C. insanity at the Pentagon is killing us softly from within.
FROM MAY 2006
Illegal aliens? maybe....
Military-Trained Gang Members Worry Police
WTVD By Gilbert Baez
(05/03/06 - FAYETTEVILLE) - An unlikely place has become the new battleground for American gangs. Gang leaders want their members to sign up for military duty so they can learn urban combat tactics.
The FBI says the gang members are getting valuable lessons on the streets of Baghdad.
Images of graffiti in Iraqi combat zones is capturing attention. Military personnel who are gang members in their hometowns allegedly put it there. Fayetteville police officer Hunter Glass, a gang expert, says whoever did the graffiti knew exactly what they were doing.
He says he is not surprised by what he calls the infiltration of gang members in the military. Glass blames recruiters.
"With millions of gang members out there, it may seem like a great place to recruit from as an element, but the problem is is that gangs are a problem," he said.
One shocking video shows a gang member, who also served as a Marine in Iraq, using urban warfare tactics to kill a California police officer and seriously wound two others.
Military leaders at Fort Bragg are aware of the issue of gang members in the military, but they do not believe the problem is out of control.
"Anyone who comes in the military and serves here at Fort Bragg or deploys and is involved in urban combat and warfare learn techniques and skills they can share with anyone," said spokesman Col. Billy Buckner. "It's not limited to just people who have maybe have affiliations with gangs."
But Glass says more should be done to keep gang members out of the military because the urban warfare and firearm skills they learn can be deadly when the come back home.
"Combine all that together, and you can create some super gangs," he warned."