Coffman and Gutierrez respond to letter from the U.S. Armed Services regarding possible Exclusionary Enlistment Policy

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Washington, DC, February 12, 2014 | comments

Today, U.S Representatives Mike Coffman (R-CO) and Luis Gutiérrez (D-IL), sent a letter to the Secretary of the Army, the Secretary of the Navy, and the Secretary of the Air Force responding to a status update on the policy review of possible U.S. Armed Services policies 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 concerned about the possible exclusionary enlistment policies currently being implemented by our armed service branches,” said Coffman, a Marine Corps combat veteran. 

"We simply want to make clear that Members of Congress in both parties think this enlistment issue is important and we are getting impatient for a thorough response,” said Luis V. Gutierrez (D-IL), who is Chairman of the Immigration Task Force of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and sits on the Judiciary Committee.  “Qualified citizens who want to serve in their country should be allowed to do so.  Period.” 

The letter to the Secretary of the Army, the Secretary of the Navy, and the Secretary of the Air Force can be found here.

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