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  • 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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