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ARMS Bill Puts DREAMs in Chokehold

ARMS Bill Puts DREAMs in Chokehold

 

Written by Leor Reef, Campus Progress

A Florida Representative has introduced federal legislation that mirrors the DREAM Act but would only apply to undocumented immigrants who serve in the military.

Rep. David Rivera (R-Fla.) introduced the bill, called the Adjusted Residency for Military Service Act (ARMS Act) last month, and it’s already causing a stir among American immigration advocates.

The bill takes the DREAM Act, which would provide a path to citizenship for undocumented young people who pursue higher education or military service, and removes the clause allowing immigrant youth to become citizens through education.

In December 2010, the DREAM Act passed the House by a vote of 216-198, but failed in the Senate by five votes due to a lack of bipartisan support.

“If somebody is willing to die for America, then certainly they deserve a chance at life in America,” Rivera told the Miami Herald.

But many immigration-reform supporters find this bill troubling.

Ai Noorani, the executive director of the National Immigration Forum, described the ARMS Act as a “distortion of the DREAM Act.”

Some reformers argue excluding legalization through military service would give undocumented youth the wrong incentives for enlisting. It’s dignified to enlist voluntarily and such a move should be applauded, they say, but there are other ways to serve your country and benefit the American economy.

And some say the ARMS Act would send the wrong message to American citizens and the rest of the world by valuing military service over the education of the country’s future leaders.

Policymakers and education officials frequently discuss how the United States can improve its education ranks in relation to the rest of the world and part of the solution lies in the DREAM Act. Many undocumented youth are motivated and dedicated to leading successful lives and being productive American citizens.

These immigrants are young people with budding potential to develop the U.S. workforce and middle class. Denying them a right to citizenship is only detrimental to the U.S. society and economy.

This post was originally published by Campus Progress.

 

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10:30AM PST on Feb 11, 2012

If someone truly wants to become a US citizen then they should respect the laws and become legal immigrants.

9:27PM PST on Feb 9, 2012

Thank you Jonathan N. for your excellent comment. You've said it all for me.

7:13PM PST on Feb 9, 2012

Immigration is a hedge issue to take people's mind off our lousy economy and a partisan non reactive congress.

6:05PM PST on Feb 9, 2012

a ditch to rot when all that's been stacked against the non-white world keeps them from succeeding.

I will NEVER tolerate intolerance, and I can keep this up all day, so bring it on you incorrigable trolls!

6:05PM PST on Feb 9, 2012

employment has been mandatory for about 50 years now.

"Also: Balanced Budget and Term Limits"
Because balanced budgets are so possible today. Even your precious military would be decimated by such an act. And it's worked so well in California.

In Virginia, the GOP constricted the requirements to get on the ballot to spite Democrats and third-party candidates. Fellow GOPers fell victim to their own sabatoge, and now they are passing a law to ease requirements. Term limits are only as useful as the first conservative crony to whine until term limits are eased.


The USA and its Washington Consensus have created a situation where the Global South is languishing under our economic imperialism. People will naturally move where the grass is greener and the police less likely to kill them and take their wallet. Good immigration policy respects this fact, and the fact that those already here can't just pick up and "go home", because there is no home any more, just squalor. And when they do pick up and leave, it's devastating - how many of you have actually been paying attention to the nominal GDP of Alabama?

These are human beings, your, our brothers and sisters, before anything else, and if you don't even care about this, then you are probably callous enough to follow through until we just put the browns to the firing wall and dump them in the harbor. And if you want to lift them up, you don't do it by treating them like shit for trying to survive and leaving them in

6:03PM PST on Feb 9, 2012

employment has been mandatory for about 50 years now.

"Also: Balanced Budget and Term Limits"
Because balanced budgets are so possible today. Even your precious military would be decimated by such an act. And it's worked so well in California.

In Virginia, the GOP constricted the requirements to get on the ballot to spite Democrats and third-party candidates. Fellow GOPers fell victim to their own sabatoge, and now they are passing a law to ease requirements. Term limits are only as useful as the first conservative crony to whine until term limits are eased.


The USA and its Washington Consensus have created a situation where the Global South is languishing under our economic imperialism. People will naturally move where the grass is greener and the police less likely to kill them and take their wallet. Good immigration policy respects this fact, and the fact that those already here can't just pick up and "go home", because there is no home any more, just squalor. And when they do pick up and leave, it's devastating - how many of you have actually been paying attention to the nominal GDP of Alabama?

These are human beings, your, our brothers and sisters, before anything else, and if you don't even care about this, then you are probably callous enough to follow through until we just put the browns to the firing wall and dump them in the harbor. And if you want to lift them up, you don't do it by treating them like shit for trying to survive and leaving them in

6:03PM PST on Feb 9, 2012

Korea. You can't blight the world then shut out the effects. You can't hide from the world. The resources necessary to police 2000 miles of borderlands would eat away at the economies of the Southwest until they would be principalities of the Mexican drug cartels.

And I bet you think nothing of that good ol white border with Canada. Except maybe you would because you probably think those Canadians are communists.

Language: English

This is the one I always get a kick out of - U.S. citizens are already the least multilingual in the world, and you want to exacerbate it? You just really want the bubble to be complete, don't you? We don't have a state language for the same reason we don't have a state religion. It's a statement of tolerance. I know, such an alien idea.

Culture: Constitution & The Bill of Rights

That's about as vague as me saying I want my culture like I-9. The Constitution was written by men two steps out of the Middle Ages who understood that the polity and its founding document would have to evolve with the world around them.

Also the Bill of Rights is the first ten amendments, so unless you just want to leave out all those other amendments you need to go back to middle school civics.

Drug Free: Mandatory Drug Testing before
Welfare or Government Employment
They tried that in Florida. Results? Less than 4% tested positive, adding about $6 million to Florida's deficit for mandatory testing.

And drug testing before government em

6:02PM PST on Feb 9, 2012

and medical services spring up around the world, all we create are more FTAs and military bases.

"But as for compassion, we give them free school, free housing, food stamps, free lobbyists in Washington to continue to fight for their "rights","

Despite the fact that a simple stroll through open records and FOIA requests of the past show that about 70% of our safety net is used by good ol' white Americans?

And SARS developed in western China.

You are uncompassionate, because you talk about them like they are vermin and the actions of our nation have directly created the conditions by which they decide to immigrate, then have the audacity to say they should be cogs in the meat grinder just because the rest of the world is trying to survive the United States of America!

@Marylin: If you can find a way around humanity's instinct to find places that lack the brutality mankind inflicts upon itself, like all 3rd world immigrants do, then you will be the most successful transhumanist of the century. Keep on fighting those undeniable base instincts!

@Mike:
Obama: Gone

As opposed to the corporate vulture, the conservative Dr. Frankenstein and the good' ol plantation daddy? Men whose hatred of reproductive autonomy, other cultures, races, ideas, religions and polities has become the stuff fathers tell their children to scare them? Whose speeches mimic the likes of Antonio Salazar and Albert Speer?

Borders: Closed

Because that's worked so well for North

6:01PM PST on Feb 9, 2012

@Mike:
"if you want the government to secure the border and deport Illegal's then don't vote for Obama. Hw has failed to secure the border."

Despite the fact that he's deported more of those browns you detest so much than Bush or any other president of the past 20 years?

@Tina:"My main gripe with illegal aliens is the diseases they bring here, T.B.,S.A.R.S.,chagas, ect."

Diseases they have because FTAs turned their economy into a serf appendage. If they only care about themselves, then it's because they learned from the most selfish citizens on Earth.

"had a child that is a carrier of a drug resistant TB."

And I'm a carrier of drug-resistant MRSA. Does that make me a bad person?

"have become breeding grounds for antibiotic-resistant diseases"

No, that's ALL hospitals. Do some fact-checking, because the only correlation between disease resistance and hospitals is antibiotic usage. Way to treat the browns like they're not human.

".Our immigration laws are in place to protect us from these diseases that they bring in."

No, our border laws are in place because we evolved as a nation-state. When we chose to decimate the economies of the entire Global South to be used as one vast resource extraction colony/mass sweat shop, the result has been people trying to go where the grass is greener. PEOPLE, not animals like how you people talk about them. Uneducated, lacking medical care and proper nutrution, maybe, but only because instead of helping education

5:52PM PST on Feb 9, 2012

I completely agree with Mike C. and it could not be any clearer than how he stated it. We are running out of time, wise up America.

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