House Republicans’ Secret Immigration Ploy

Matthew Boyle and Jonathan Strong, Breitbart, April 2, 2014

House Republicans are quietly working to insert immigration legislation into the text of the Department of Defense authorization bill that would allow so-called DREAMers to obtain permanent legal residency by joining the military, Breitbart News has learned.

The language, which if successful would mark the first effort by House Republicans to provide any form of amnesty since the GOP took control of the House in 2010, has set off a panic among top immigration hawks that the effort could open an immigration Pandora’s box, paving the way for broader legislation.

Sophomore Republican Rep. Jeff Denham of California, a close ally of GOP Whip Kevin McCarthy, is leading the push to add the text of his “ENLIST Act” into the National Defense Authorization Act, which could come to the House floor as early as next month.

The effort, which has not previously been reported, is fairly advanced, and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte–who killed the proposal as an amendment to last year’s NDAA in a dramatic floor struggle–is weighing whether to approve the maneuver, which would circumvent his committee on one of its key matters of jurisdiction.

“We’re working on it,” Goodlatte said.

Meanwhile, top immigration hawks ripped the proposal as ill-conceived and a clear effort to build momentum for a comprehensive immigration bill.

“If we’re going to put out the bait, which is: come into the U.S., break in, so to speak, smuggle yourself into the military, put on the uniform of the United States, take an oath to uphold our Constitution, which may or may not mean anything to them, and now we’re going to reward you with citizenship–I think it’s just a bizarre thing to do, to reward people for breaking our laws. That’s what amnesty is,” said Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King.

“As soon as they raise their hand and say ‘I’m unlawfully present in the United States,’ we’re not going take your oath into the military, but we’re going to take your deposition and we have a bus for you to Tijuana. That’s the law. Are they going to then suspend the law that requires ICE to place people into removal proceedings that are unlawfully present?” he added.


Denham, who was the first Republican to co-sponsor a Democratic immigration bill modeled after the Senate Gang-of-Eight legislation that passed last year, is pushing to add the language to the “base” NDAA bill–meaning it would not get its own vote.

A House Armed Services Committee aide said Chairman Buck McKeon hadn’t committed to including the language in the bill, which runs through his committee. McKeon, on his way to the House floor to vote, declined to comment.


Overall, the stand-alone bill has 42 cosponsors, including 24 Republicans. {snip}

The bill says illegal immigrants who have been in the U.S. since 2011 and came to the U.S. before they were 15 years old could enlist in the military, upon which he would receive permanent legal status.

The alien’s status would be revoked if he was discharged from the military on anything but “honorable” terms.

Legal permanent residents can apply for citizenship after residing in the U.S. for five years, or three if they are married to a U.S. Citizen.


Mark Krikorian, the executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, added in an email to Breitbart News that this could be a “Trojan Horse” for a larger amnesty.

“Harry Reid hasn’t even sent the Gang of Eight bill to the House, because he knows it would be struck down on procedural grounds alone–it raises revenue and only bills that start in the House can do that,” Krikorian said in an email. “By including an amnesty provision–however small–in the defense bill, the House leadership would create the opportunity for Reid to insert the Senate bill and send it to the House. It would become a Trojan Horse for amnesty.”

King, who came to learn of the secretive effort in an interview, said he will offer an amendment to the NDAA bill to strip it of the immigration provisions and work diligently to kill the proposal.

“I can’t let something like this happen. I can’t let it happen,” King said.

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  • sbuffalonative

    As with ancient Rome, we’re fighting wars on the edge of empire and we need mercenaries. Their reward, as with Rome, is to become a citizen.

    It ends, not with a bang, but with a whimper.

    • mobilebay

      T.S. Eliot must have envisioned the United States of 2014.

    • John R

      Darn! I wrote my post before I read anyone else’s. You beat me by about thirty minutes! HA HA!

    • Oil Can Harry

      The US Empire = Rome 2: The Sequel

      Except this time the barbarians are called Dreamers and “undocumented workers”.

      • And the barbarians aren’t intelligent Germanic peoples, either.

        • Zimriel

          The Germans then weren’t all that bright. The brain-trust of antiquity were the Greeks. (Alongside a few Semites – mainly in the astronomy line, from Iraq.)

          • Epiminondas

            Ancient Germans were very bright. But they were savages. IQ and civilization are not mutually exclusive.

    • Paleoconn

      Don’t count whites out yet, Buffalo native. There will be a bang.

      GO(RI)P, aka GOP RIP. The Grand Ole Party is dead and buried as far as I’m concerned. Now let’s Go Rip them up, and from the shreds, we keep the gems like Sessions and Kobach and King and make a new American Party. This should be the name, the American Party.

  • Luca

    As I said earlier today at Breitbart:

    Illegal immigrants are an unnecessary burden to the American taxpayers and citizens. They crowd our schools, hospitals, jails, cities and towns. They have contributed to more of our debt, helped ruin the economy, driven down wages, taken jobs, ruined certain industries, and created housing problems. They cost us far more than they contribute. They have increased the number of of drunk drivers, human traffickers, murderers, common criminals, drug pushers, ID thieves, and gun runners. And no matter what you do, Hispanics and Asians will overwhelmingly vote for more Democrats into office. The 1986 amnesty has proven that.
    They don’t belong in our country and they certainly don’t belong in our military.
    And the RINO’s don’t belong in office.

  • The late breaking news is that the rush to do this has been stopped.

  • ricpic

    This constant assault will continue and nothing will stop it except for economic implosion. After implosion, as the United States totters there may be a chance for a white breakaway state. Barring that a slow retreat in night and fog.

  • John R

    During the last days of the Roman Empire, the native Romans no longer wanted to join their country’s army. More and more of the Romans did not feel the need to defend the Empire, or that the Empire was even worth defending. The army gradually began to fill up with non-Roman barbarians, who had little appreciation for Roman civilization. So, in the end, even though Rome was still militarily the strongest state in the world, it was overran by barbarians. The Romans could not, or would not defend their own borders.

    Just a little history lesson there. Remind you of anything?

    • Alfred the Great

      There are many parallels between what caused the collapse of the Roman State and what is happening to our own. You are spot-on.

    • Jesse James

      Yes. I have been a long time student of the Romans and when I was younger I always wondered how the late Romans could just abandon their government and civilization and let everything fall apart. Now I understand completely.

    • Pro_Whitey

      Except are we really sure that we don’t have enough white people wanting to join the military? I think we do. We would have more than enough if the military were pulled back to defend the U.S.

      • John R

        Yeah, true. My analogy was the overall societal decay that we are experiencing. That is why I concluded that Rome fell in spite of the fact that militarily speaking she was stronger than all of her external enemies put together. The will was no longer there. We on this website care about issues like immigration, and racial replacement here, and in our mother countries in Europe. But how many Americans outside of here really care about these things? Few. They would rather talk about college basketball teams and celebrity gossip than these things.

    • John

      Yes. Also, some historians feel that another contributing factor to Rome’s downfall was Emperor Constantine converting to Christianity early in the 4th century. Christianity soon became the official religion of the Empire. The egalitarian and “turn the other cheek” philosophies of Christianity didn’t serve the Roman population as well as the pantheon of gods they’d worshiped for hundreds of years. Rome was invaded and sacked by the Visigoths in 395 AD under the leadership of Alaric I. The Visigoths practiced of form of Germanic paganism. My point in relating this is to emphasize that not only are we, the US, repeating the process of military recruitment that contributed to Rome’s downfall, we’re also repeating their mistake in abandoning the values that helped make them great to begin with. This country is historically and contemporarily overwhelmingly Christian. Now, the enemy is pushing for the abandonment of Christianity and substituting “holocaustianity” in its place. Bottom line, we’ve got to break this gridlock in more ways than one or we’re screwed.

      • John R

        Geeze! I only started a little speculation here, but the analogies keep piling up. We were always Christian in America, but it was a “praise the Lord and pass the ammunition” brand of Christianity. Now that is being replaced by a liberal pacifist brand of Christianity and a secular humanism. Your point is thus well taken.

        • John

          As was yours originally. Some people may question the benefit of drawing historical parallels but I’m sure most everyone here is familiar with the saying “those that forget history are doomed to repeat it”. There’s an element of truth in that we’d all be well advised t take more seriously. Those traditional Christian values you describe are what I refer to as a “muscular” application of the religion. We need more of a Crusader mindset and less of the wimpy outreach type of bs being promoted from the pope outwards.

    • Epiminondas

      But there is a difference. The German “barbarians” were a very capable people. In the border areas, many Germans were welcomed into the Roman jurisdiction in order to keep the Roman taxman out. Border citizens preferred German hegemony in some areas to that of the corrupt, multicultural Roman magistrates. The “invasion” was not always violent. In fact, it was gradual and consensual in many cases. If today’s Mexicans were as capable as Germans, we would be welcoming them with open arms.

      • John R

        Interesting point. The Fall of the United States of America will actually be even worse, then, than the fall of Rome.

        • John

          The only institution, or practice I should say, that historically has a 100% failure rate is the fiat monetary system we use here no thanks to the Federal Reserve. Collapse we will and that will be a big part of it. I wish I’d saved the link but a Russian wrote an essay a few years ago about why the US is going to be much more severely devastated when it eventually collapses than the USSR was when it fell apart. They (the Soviets) had a large network of public transportation to start with and the people there were used to just “getting by”. They were prepared in advance for deprivations galore and Americans aren’t.

  • Alfred the Great

    While still on active duty, I sat in a meeting with many of the top name “Hispanic” organizations represented. There agenda with us was to get quotas for illegal aliens (Mexicans) to enlist in the Army, so they could become citizens.

  • Will never happen…..unless the generals bend over and take it for the team. The military is kicking people out left and right and this is just nonsense.

  • Does this mean that Mexico no longer has an army these greaserito invaders can join?

  • CircleTheWagons

    This is part of the continuous ‘Terra-forming’ of our military so they wont have any apprehension about firing upon white citizens when the time comes.

    • Jesse James

      I agree with you. The only good thing is that is also lowers our inhibition against firing on them.

  • borogirl54

    There is a actually a group of these young people called the Dream Army. Many of them had been in junior ROTC in high school and want to enlist in the military. This is simply the GOP’s way of placating Hispanics and white conservatives at election time. There is no need for these illegals to join the military. They are now cutting back.

    • r j p

      They don’t offer JROTC in decent schools, at least in the Chicago area.
      JROTC is White replacement.

  • WR_the_realist

    The Republicans are desperate to find more cannon fodder for their unending wars.

  • Alexandra1973

    What could possibly go wrong?

    • IstvanIN

      A 5th column army? Nothing at all.

      • Alexandra1973

        If and when this country goes into martial law, while American soldiers would for the most part be reluctant to fire upon fellow Americans, foreigners wouldn’t have that hang-up.

  • MBlanc46

    Establishment Repubs are desperate to show their corporate paymasters that they’re laboring diligently to maintain the steady supply of cheap Latin American labor.

  • Zimriel

    First, let’s restrict the American franchise to American-born veterans a la Heinlein.
    *Then* we’ll negotiate about whether non-American “auxilia” can attain citizenship through service.

  • Allan477

    Why should anyone who is here illegally even be allowed to join the military?

  • Hubbub

    Exactly what I want and we need? A completely Latinized and Black military force to defend the country? Right oonnnnn, Bro!

    Ask yourself: How’s that gonna work out?

  • The Tank

    Yeah, because integrating the Goths into the Legion worked so well for Rome.

  • A couple of years ago I was redrawn out of Jeff Slave-Ag-Labor Denham’s district and I’m still trying to scrub myself clean.