Skip to comments.Eric Cantor Says Republicans Are Mulling Legal Status for Some Undocumented Immigrants
Posted on 05/22/2014 1:02:16 PM PDT by cotton1706
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said Thursday that the GOP is discussing whether and how to take up controversial legislation that would give some illegal immigrants legal status in the U.S. if they sign up for the U.S. Armed Forces.
The so-called ENLIST Act would create this pathway to legal status only for younger, undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children by their parents before 2011. Under current law, only documented, legal immigrants such as those with a green card can join the military, along with U.S. citizens.
Eric Cantor military illegal immigration Jeff Denham legal status House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Va. said the House is considering whether to move bill granting legal status to some illegal immigrants who join the military. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
The idea has become highly divisive within the Republican party. This week, for example, the bills sponsor, Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Calif.), tried to attach it to a military authorization bill. But he failed in the face of opposition from his Republican colleagues.
Despite the way the bill splits Republicans, Cantor said Thursday that he supports the idea, and that talks are ongoing about how it might advance.
I am mindful and support the fact that if a kid whos brought here by his or her parents unbeknownst to that child, has never lived anywhere else or remembers living anywhere else, and wants to serve in our military, should be able to do so, Cantor said on the House floor. And its my position that that child should have a path to citizenship after that service.
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Fine, but that’s what, one case out of thousands?
What are you planning to do with the big matzo ball hanging right in front of your eyes, Cantor? The millions of illegals?
That's OUR promise.
This is just a way to get full legalization/Amnesty to conference.
When in a period where Obama and the Rats want to trim the military to levels not seen since before WWII do we want to give those slots to illegal aliens?
Since there is no legal president for creating a class of illegals serving in the armed forces, this entire law is subject to judicial review.
Anyone care to guess what the courts will rule?
Yep, same as same sex marriage.
Another ploy to get congress to agree, probably thought up by Senator Depends from AZ
Supposedly there are 11 million illegal aliens. (I personally believe it's more like 30 million.)
So to the pro-amnesty people I propose the following deal: OK, you say there are 11 million. We agree to legalize 11 million, but anything over that, they get deported, and absolutely no more. (Of course such a deal wouldn't be enforced anyway, but let's just assume it would be, for the sake of discussion.)
They'd never take that deal, because they know it's more like 30 million, and they want to keep the floodgates open as well.
OK. But don’t let them all in, just enough to insure that the Republicans will never be elected to anything in the future. Idiot!!!!
The treatment of children brought here by their parents years ago, legally still citizens of their home country though they might not even remember it, seems to me to be a matter that should be raised first by the people affected, not by the GOP leadership.
If there’s a strong contingent of Hispanic parents and their now-adult children who are seeking actual citizenship for those brought here as children, and they’re willing to serve in the military to achieve that citizenship, then let them speak, and lobby both public opinion and the legislature.
Have we seen that, or is this just the GOP leadership looking for a way to address a non-problem? How many of those now-adult citizens of another country are desperate to become U.S. citizens today? Where are they? Do they have any spokesmen? Those are the questions I would like to see answered first.
I would guess that their main concern is being able to continue living here under a legal status, rather than illegally, and that they are not so concerned with obtaining citizenship, but I could be wrong.
Also, it would seem more than a bit coercive to condition a green card upon their serving in the military especially when we have a volunteer military today. There are better ways to decide whether to give them green cards, and as for citizenship, they can get in line with everyone else who wants it, without being able to jump ahead just because they’ve lived here illegally for years.
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First - our immigration system is fixed so that legal immigration will supply any labor needs that cannot be supplied by unemployed or involuntarily out of the workforce Americans;
Second - border security is fixed, after the legal immigration system has been corrected, so that additional illegals cannot enter our country, and enforcement laws against employers are revised to provide powerful disincentives that will effectively discourage the hiring of illegals in which the symbolic fines can be treated as a cost of doing business;
Third - ONLY after fixing legal immigration, border security, and employer enforcement, and verifying that those fixes are working, ONLY then can we talk about what to do about any criminals who entered our country illegally and have been here for years.
Cantor and McConnell pretend to be conservatives while attacking conservatism
And to think at one time he actually sounded like a sane person. Going to DC has made him into a little weasel boy just like the rest of the leadership
Canter is a snake, not to be trusted.
I completely agree. In my opinion, we would be wise now to launch a national effort urging conservatives from his district to withhold votes from him in the general election—assuming he makes it past the primaries.
There’s a place for pragmatism and accepting the lesser of two evils, but there’s also a place for drawing a line and demonstrating real consequences for this kind of betrayal.
Once the one in a thousand becomes legal, through service in the armed forces, they will make the case how patriotic these illegal aliens are. Then you will see the sob stories. And the push for total amnesty.
They are not "undocumented immigrants", they are ILLEGAL ALIENS! Calling them undocumented immigrants is like calling shoplifting an "undocumented purchase."
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