by Oliver_Halle
 The Agitator
June 25, 2012 02:54 PM | 841 views | 4 4 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

Immigration reform is probably not going to occur in the foreseeable future. It has been a push button topic for years, and both political parties seem to be dug into uncompromising positions. Recently, Obama fanned the flames when he issued an executive order allowing a certain class of young illegals to stay in the country, finish school, and meet other criteria. The airwaves exploded with invective.

I am not offering an opinion on Obama’s decision or any suggestions for a meaningful immigration bill that would satisfy most Americans. It was some of the commentary from the reactionary talk show hosts that got my attention. Several said that they thought it would be okay to allow illegals a path to U.S. citizenship if they served honorably in the armed forces of our country. I find this very troubling. Admittedly, when it comes to military service my views are probably out of sync with current thinking. I believe that it was a mistake to go to a voluntary military. All Americans who are mentally and physically sound, and otherwise qualified, should have skin in the game and provide some public or military service for a couple of years. Educational and other benefits could be offered in different amounts and scales depending on which route the individual chose to take. What doesn’t make sense to me is for the United States to have a military service that resembles the French Foreign Legion. To outsource our military to illegal aliens is wrong. We could probably fill all branches with enough foreigners if we advertised worldwide, and no American would have to ever wear the uniform again. But is this right? Shouldn’t we as Americans be willing to defend our property, our way of life? What does it say for us as a nation if we call on others to do what we should do for ourselves? I think it is also interesting that the MDJ recently editorialized that the illegals that Obama granted waivers will be taking jobs away from Americans. Yet it seems that there are plenty of jobs for them in the military.

To be clear, I am not talking about resident aliens that are in the United States lawfully and on track to become U.S. citizens once they meet all the criteria and qualifications. They have a stake in our country and may want to suit up. To that I say, welcome aboard. (I also salute and praise those who served and died in Iraq and Afghanistan who were not documented but sought a way to becoming full fledged Americans.) But I find it disturbing that a number of the talk show hosts were of age to be drafted or volunteer during the Vietnam era, the same ones who never hesitate to give advice to presidents about going to war, turned their backs on service when the war tocsin sounded. Perhaps that’s why they have no problem with granting illegals citizenship in return for some of their blood; perhaps this somehow assuages their consciences.  

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ljhayes
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July 13, 2012
We waste an inordinate amount of time and energy over what to call "the people who enter, and subsequently live in, our country without having obtained permission to do so." Finding that windy definition unwieldy, I prefer "illegal immigrant." They are immigrants; they are in the country illegally. To me, "alien" connotes little green men arriving in space craft.
eCobb Dad of 3
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July 02, 2012
Mr. Foley, "illegal alien" is uncivilized? Your inference is that this is an offensive term. The fact is that it is a truthful and accurate description. Since when is the truth offensive? Please give me a break. The term is what it is. There is nothing uncivilized in the context that Mr. Halle used it.
Kevin Foley
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July 01, 2012
Whoa there, Agitator. My father immigrated from Ireland and became naturalized after he served in the Army during WWII and was honorably discharged, something he was very proud of doing.

Not every undocumented immigrant wants to serve in the military, but for those who do, let them if they are sincere and qualified. After an honorable discharge, they should be put on a path to citizenship.

Also, please note for the sake of civility, many Latinos and Hispanics find the terms "illegal alien" and "illegals" offensive.
Devlin Adams
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June 25, 2012
Spot on.

I can't imagine marchin to cadence called as

Uno, dos,tres, quatro, Uno dos tres, quatro.

In all seriousness, I agree with your stand against illegals using the military as a pass into citizenship.
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