Earlier this week, conservatives in the House of Representatives successfully
defeated a defense bill because of provisions it would have provided young
immigrants. The bill would have helped those without permanent legal status
in the United States enlist for military service.
According to The Associated Press, the bill was controversial even among
Republicans. Representative Mo Brooks of Alabama stated: "This Congress
should support and represent Americans by voting to stop military service
opportunities from being taken from struggling American families in order
to give them to illegal aliens."
However, other conservatives were upset that the immigration provisions
divided their party's vote. Representative Carlos Curbelo from Florida
told the press: "This is a mistake... I assure you that the overwhelming
majority of Americans are for allowing young people who were raised in
this country, who love this country and want to serve it, to have that
For those who opposed the bill, the immigration language was seen as further
support for President Obama's deportation deferment programs from
2014. House Judiciary Chairman Bobo Goodlatte told reporters: "The
House should not take action to legitimize the president's unconstitutional
A Looming Debate in 2016
Many are looking at the bill's defeat as setting the stage for a larger
immigration debate in the 2016 elections. Democrats, who voted against
the bill for budgetary reasons, were quick to take note of the Republican's
adversarial stance on immigration reform.
Following the bill's vote, Presidential Candidate Hilary Rodham Clinton
released a statement through her political director: "If these courageous
young men and women want to serve, they should be honored and celebrated,
not discriminated against."
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