The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) is a United States federal law specifying the budget and expenditures of the United States Department of Defense. This year's NDAA bill (S.1197, 113 Congress) would become the next in a long series of 51 NDAA bills in a row.
The House Armed Services Committee began its debate of the NDAA bill at the end of last month, with a full committee vote planned for Wednesday, May 7th. It is one of the major pieces of legislation produced out of the House Armed Services Committee.
Of concern is that several Republican House members, Congressman Eric Cantor among them, desperate to pass some sort of legalization of illegal immigrants ahead of November's elections, have indicated they want to slip this small legalization known as "Enlist Legislation" into the NDAA bill, a sneaky plan indeed! The bill would grant amnesty to illegal aliens who join the military. More importantly the bill could be used as a Trojan Horse by Majority Harry Reed as a vehicle to grant amnesty to millions more once the bill goes to the Senate. Confident in knowing that the NDAA law would have to be passed, Senator Harry Reid could expand this piece meal bit of amnesty into one that would be more sweeping in scope.
It is estimated that the number of people benefiting would be miniscule. The American Legion has already shot down the idea of linking immigration to military service. Isn't there already a statutory means of allowing illegal aliens to enlist to obtain amnesty?
During Allan West's one term in Congress representing Florida, he served on the House Armed Services Committee. As expressed by Alan West last month:
So, it is with great concern that I read reports regarding an addition of language to the House 2014 NDAA that would grant amnesty, something totally unrelated to the mission and requirements of the US military. It seems politicians are trying to enact a backdoor action and shamefully, they seek to hold hostage the authorization of our military's operations and support to its vital programs.
We should pay heed to the lesson of history when the Roman army stopped being manned by Roman citizens and was hired out to outliers. We should NEVER seek to use American citizen ship as an incentive to individuals who have disrespected our borders and are here illegally.
Democrats are salivating at the idea that several House members are seemingly on board for slipping language into the NDAA law that could open the flood gates for granting amnesty to millions of illegal aliens, which would, in turn, result in millions of more Democratic voters.
It was over the weekend when Vice President Joe Biden extolled immigration as crucial to American innovation" at a college ceremony at Miami Dade College in South Florida. Biden also remarked that a "constant, substantial steam of immigrants" is important to the American economy, urging citizenship for immigrants living in the U.S. and further claiming that "these people are already Americans.”
It is true that immigration is a plus for the economy and for American innovation, but it is legal immigration and not those who sneak across the border illegally who then become a financial drain upon the U.S. economy. Robert Rector and Christine Kim of the Heritage Foundation calculated that an average low-skilled immigrant household costs federal, local, and state governments $19,588 per year more than it pays in all taxes.
In the 113th Congress the House Armed Services Committee is led by Rep. Buck McKeon (R-Calif.), with Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.) serving as the Ranking Member. Time is running out. Call Rep. Buck McKeon and other Republicans listed as members of the House Armed Services Committee. Tell Republicans "no" to the piecemeal immigration measure that could act as a Trojan Horse for Democrats and some Republicans in the Senate to grant amnesty to millions of illegal aliens. For that matter, insist on "no" to talking about any immigration reform until after the southern border is secure.