There are a number of immigration reform proposals throughout President Obama’s administrative run that have drawn the ire of several conservatives. A sense of controversy always seems to follow immigration reform that is tailored to benefit undocumented immigrants. One of the biggest boons for undocumented immigrants is Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program has allowed specific immigrant cases to receive employment authorization provided that they meet every criterion of eligibility. Undocumented immigrants who have been covered by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals act entered the United States before they turned 16. It should be noted that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program does not automatically grant an immigrant permanent resident status. Several immigrants who are covered by the program are taking steps to lobby for a path to citizenship. For immigrants like Cesar Vargas, citizenship would allow them to fulfill their dream of joining the armed forces.
Vargas has made numerous trips to Washington to join other immigrants who are looking for a clear path to U.S. citizenship. The desire to serve as a military lawyer is the dream that fuels Vargas’ actions. The U.S. Senate is not blind to the concerns expressed by Vargas and countless other undocumented immigrants but when it comes to addressing the needs of these immigrants, a clear sense of disparity exists between varying camps of political opinion. Several representatives in the Senate support the desire of immigrants like Vargas to serve in the military but a huge chunk of the conservative sector balks at the prospect of having immigrants occupy positions that are traditionally reserved for U.S. citizens.
This time around, an amendment to a defense policy bill proves to be the focus of much political debate. The bill in question requires a broad amount of support from each political party to be passed. Representatives from the Republican sector have threatened to oppose the defense bill because one of the amendments contained in the bill includes language that could allow the Pentagon to consider allowing immigrants covered by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program to serve in the military.
The political figures who vehemently oppose the passage of the defense bill have found the controversial amendment to be unconstitutional. Political leaders who have expressed support for the amendment in question have expressed varying degrees of confusion and disappointment to the marked amount of opposition. Politicians who back the amendment see the opposition as another attempt to expand the debate on political immigration issues into yet another arena. Some politicians who back the amendment have observed that the desire of immigrants like Vargas to serve in the armed forces stands in stark contrast to the lack of interest exhibited by some U.S. citizens. Republican representative Mike Coffman, a supporter of the amendment, noted that some of the representatives who oppose the prospect of having immigrants serve in the military have no desire to serve in the military themselves in spite of the privilege afforded to them.
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