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  • Coffman Urges Action on Immigration Reform Proposal
    Posted in Press Releases on January 2, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security, Immigration

    Today, U.S. Representative Mike Coffman (R-CO) sent a letter to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) urging action on his legislative proposal, H.R. 435, the Military Enlistment Opportunity Act, that would authorize undocumented individuals, who were brought to the United States illegally as children and who otherwise meet all military requirements for enlistment, be allowed to join the armed forces and have a pathway to citizenship based on their military service. “Although some may find m... Read more

  • VA’s Use of Reverse-Auction Contracts Comes Under Attack
    Posted in In the News on December 11, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security, Immigration

    The use of so-called reverse auctions to lower contracting costs at the Veterans Affairs Department and General Services Administration came under tough scrutiny on Wednesday at a House joint committee hearing. Rather than saving money, critics said, the tool drives out competition, favors a single auction company and risks a lowering of quality in the work if applied to complex projects such as construction. Reverse auctions are a contracting process used by the government since the late 1990s ... Read more

  • Military Reviewing Ban On Applicants With Undocumented Dependents
    Posted in In the News on December 11, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security, Immigration

    The Pentagon is reviewing policies that prevent United States citizens from enlisting in various Armed Services if they have dependents who are in the country illegally. After Fronteras Desk reported last month that some branches of the military were barring otherwise eligible applicants who have unauthorized immigrant spouses and children, more than 30 members of Congress wrote to military leaders asking for clarification about enlistment policies. In a letter addressed to Rep. Luis Gutierrez (... Read more

  • Military Rethinking Rejecting Recruits With Illegal Immigrant Relatives
    Posted in In the News on December 10, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security, Immigration

    The military is re-evaluating its rule — applied unevenly among the branches — that prevents those with close relatives who are illegal immigrants from joining the services, The Wall Street Journal reported. The policy review is expected to take two months. Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., and Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Colo., are in the forefront of a bipartisan effort to have the ban formally lifted. "We should not be excluding U.S. citizens from serving their country, and we should be protecting their ... Read more

  • Military's Immigration Battle
    Posted in In the News on December 9, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security, Immigration

    A few years ago, Beatriz Madriz enlisted in the Marine Corps. Then, just before heading to boot camp, a recruiter told her that she had to divorce her husband if she still wanted to join the Marines—because he was an illegal immigrant. "They told me they would even pay for the divorce," said the 22-year-old Portland, Ore., resident. "I wasn't going to do that." Amid an increase in complaints from U.S. citizens who, like Ms. Madriz, have been denied the right to enlist, the Department of Defense ... Read more

  • Coffman and Gutierrez lead on letter to the Secretaries of the U.S. Armed Services regarding a possible Exclusionary Enlistment Policy
    Posted in Press Releases on November 22, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security, Immigration

    Yesterday, U.S Representatives Mike Coffman (R-CO) and Luis Gutiérrez (D-IL), along with 31 Members of the House, sent a letter to the Secretary of the Navy, the Acting Secretary of the Air Force, and the Secretary of the Army, expressing strong concerns with possible U.S. Armed Services policy that prohibits U.S. citizens from enlisting in the military if that enlistee has an undocumented dependent: “Service in the U.S. military is the highest duty one can perform for the country, so I am very... Read more

  • Allowing Undocumented To Join Military Gets Bipartisan Support
    Posted in In the News on October 24, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    A collection of lawmakers’ from both sides of the aisle spoke out in favor Wednesday of a stand-alone bill that would allow undocumented immigrants to enlist in the military. The legislation, called the Military Enlistment Opportunity Act of 2013, is sponsored by Representative Mike Coffman (R-Colo.). “Whatever we can do to broaden our pool of recruits should be done.” “If somebody is willing to lay their life down for their country, I think they deserve citizenship,” Coffman said during a press... Read more

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