Army already enlisting ‘Dreamers’ as Congress debates immigration

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The Army has already allowed almost 50 illegal immigrants to enlist as members of Congress debate whether to allow them to seek citizenship through military service.

Since January, the Army has accepted into the ranks 46 so-called “Dreamers,” or people who have immigrated to the U.S. as children and qualify for President Obama’s “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” (DACA) program, according to retired Army Lt. Col. Margaret Stock.

And there are thousands more waiting to enlist, she said.  Continue reading

Feds Have Issued 541,000 SSNs to Illegal Aliens

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has issued 541,000 Social Security numbers (SSNs) to illegal aliens as a result of President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration in 2012.

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program—which the president created in the summer of 2012 and which instructs the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to give work permits to so-called “DREAMers”—has enabled more than half a million illegal immigrants to work legally in the United States, according to a letter from the SSA to Sen. Jeff Sessions (R., Ala.). Continue reading

Pentagon eyeing immigrants who arrived illegally

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon is weighing allowing some immigrants brought illegally to the country as youths to serve in the military, a unilateral step by the Obama administration as immigration legislation remains stalled in the Republican-led House.

The announcement came Tuesday as House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, defended his election-year decision to rebuff a narrow immigration measure pushed by a GOP congressman to achieve a similar goal.

The Pentagon consideration would apply to immigrants who arrived illegally as kids but already have received work permits and relief from deportation under a program President Barack Obama announced two years ago, called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. More than 500,000 immigrants have benefited from the program. Continue reading