Not a citizen? Not a problem. No green card? No worries. The Obama administration has changed the rules so that even if you’re in this country illegally — if you’re an “undocumented” immigrant, as they say — you may be able to join up and put on the uniform of the U.S. armed services.
But what about that military oath of allegiance to the United States…which isn’t your country?
Via USA Today:
A small number of undocumented immigrants in the U.S. will have an opportunity to join the military for the first time in decades under a new Department of Defense policy unveiled Thursday.
The new rules will expand an existing program allowing recruiters to target foreign nationals with high-demand skills, mostly rare foreign language expertise or specialized health care training.
The new military policy of accepting non-citizens, says the USA Today report, may come from President Obama’s determination to use executive orders to change the country’s immigration laws without congressional action. In other words, a defiant Obama may be using his presidential pen as he has often threatened to do.
The new Pentagon policy may be the first phase of a broader government-wide effort to ease pressure on immigrants and create new paths to citizenship. President Barack Obama, frustrated with the failure of Congress to pass any substantial immigration reform, has vowed to aggressively use his presidential authority to change the way immigration policies are carried out.
The Military Times has further details of the groundbreaking Defense Department policy unveiled Thursday:
On average, the military recruits about 5,000 noncitizens each year, nearly all of them permanent U.S. residents, or so-called “green card” holders. Starting in 2006, DoD began accepting some foreigners with nonpermanent visas, such as students or tourists, if they had special skills that are highly valued.
There’s no reported clarification from the DoD as to the potential conflict that arises when an “undocumented” immigrant — a non-citizen of the United States — takes the required military oath of allegiance to a country in which that person does not hold citizenship. Here’s the oath:
“I, _____, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.”
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