30 GOP Republicans Back Obama’s Recruitment of Illegals for Shrinking US Military
Thirty House Republicans voted with Democratic legislators to let the Pentagon recruit illegal aliens, and also grant them American citizenship, even though the Army and other services are pushing tens of thousands of Americans out of the services.
The Republicans joined the Democrats in voting against the amendment would have excluded illegal aliens, specially aliens granted ‘deferred prosecution’ by President Barack Obama, from the Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest program.
Every one of the 30 GOP votes was critical because the amendment was defeated by just one vote, 210 to 211.
The win was made possible by Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R.-Wis.), who did not vote. Neither did Rep. Joe Heck (R.-Nev.), the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee’s subcommittee on Military Personnel, which is responsible for military recruitment rules. Heck is the GOP candidate to replace Sen. Harry Reid (D.-Nev.), after having won Tuesday’s primary. The congressman is also a brigadier general in the Army Reserve.