Skip to comments.Immigration status dashes Valley man's military dreams
Posted on 01/25/2013 1:49:12 PM PST by moonshinner_09
HANFORD -- Pablo Reyes-Morales walked into the Navy recruiting station here Thursday and tried to enlist.
But the 21-year-old, a native of Mexico who can now legally work under the new federal "Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals" policy, lacks a green card that's required for foreign nationals to join the military.
Under the "Deferred Action" policy, young undocumented people who were brought to the U.S. as children and who are in school or have completed high school and have no serious criminal record are eligible to get a Social Security number and authorization card from the Department of Homeland Security, allowing them to work.
Enlistment, however, is another matter, Reyes-Morales demonstrated Thursday. After his failed attempt, he spoke with reporters and urged Defense Secretary Leon Panetta to issue an order allowing undocumented young people with deferred action status to enlist.
"The only thing we want is the opportunity to serve the country," Reyes-Morales said. "Even though we weren't born here, we're patriotic. We're as American as anyone else."
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How many Hispanic gang members are now in our military?
GTFO. We don’t need you or want you.
I have no problem with completed honorable service in the military being a path to amnesty for individuals.
I also don’t have a problem with foreign nationals joining up and serving a term, then qualifying for citizenship. Somehow I suspect a term in the military is a more efficient melting pot than sitting around with your amigos in the barrio.
“Even though we weren’t born here, we’re patriotic. We’re as American as anyone else.” No you are not! You are a Mexican National living in the United States through deception. If you want to be an American do what my parents did, wait your turn, enter the country legally, follow all the laws not just the ones that you find convenient and after the the appropriate time period and classes apply for citizenship. I am fed up to hell and back with these Mexicans, Guatemalans,Hondurans, etc.(funny they all come from a country but they are Hispanics) running/sneaking across our borders like thieves in the night and demanding all the rights of a native or naturalized citizen because they are special.
Oh, really? Is that how we should recruit people into our armed services, i.e., people who violate our laws? They are criminals and should not be allowed in our armed forces. It is an honor and privilege to serve, not a pathway to citizenship for illegals. If we proceed down that route, how many more illegal aliens will enter the US to pursue citizenship thru our armed forces>
I also dont have a problem with foreign nationals joining up and serving a term, then qualifying for citizenship.
We already have programs that offer accelerated citizenship for green card holders to join the military and become citizens. They are here legally. They cannot become officers and certain security clearances cannot be issued to them.
You seem to conflate illegal aliens with legal permanent residents of this country. As a veteran, I consider it to be an insult to reward illegal aliens with the opportunity to serve in our armed forces.
NO NO NO. Just because there are no jobs for you doesn’t mean you can join the military. Geez. Get legal and quit whining on how rough it is. Si, se pueda.
Next the mexican drug cartels will be wanting to sign up to borrow some weapons and trucks..
Yep, not to mention illegal mohammedans.
Wanna be someone put him up to walking into the recruiter’s office just to make headlines?