Conservatives: No immigration riders in defense bill

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Seung Min Kim and Jake Sherman
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3 April 2014
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National News
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House conservatives are circulating a “Dear Colleague” letter urging Republican leaders not to include a proposal in the defense authorization bill that would grant legal status to young undocumented immigrants [illegal aliens] in the military...

The effort is led by Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.), one of the most vocal critics of immigration reform [amnesty for illegal aliens] that would include a pathway to legal status or citizenship for current undocumented immigrants [illegal aliens]...

“I oppose using the NDAA to push any immigration agenda,” Brooks wrote in the letter asking colleagues to join his effort. “That is why I ask you to sign a letter to House leadership informing them that you oppose using the NDAA to push an immigration agenda of any kind.

If immigration legislation is addressed by the House, it should be done so via the proper process, not by attaching it to must pass legislation,” the letter continues...

“We were surprised to learn that some of our House colleagues seek to include all or part of the ENLIST Act in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA),” says the letter, which is addressed to Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.). “The ENLIST Act, which grants illegal aliens citizenship if they enlist in the armed forces, is an immigration issue and does not belong in the NDAA.”

“This effort to shift the immigration debate to the NDAA and the House Armed Services Committee is improper and undermines Congress’ ability to properly debate immigration issues,” the letter adds.

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Former Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo at the National Council of La Raza (The Race) Soiree, Chicago on July 23, 1997. (Watch video.) Zedillo stated:

I have proudly affirmed that the Mexican nation extends beyond the territory enclosed by its borders and that Mexican migrants are an important - a very important - part of it. For that reason, my government proposed a constitutional amendment to allow any Mexican with the right and the desire to acquire another nationality to do so without being forced to first give up his or her Mexican nationality. Fortunately, the amendment was passed almost unanimously by our present congress, and is now part of our constitution."

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