On Monday, a leading Democrat in the Senate stated that he believes illegal immigrants should be able to obtain U.S. citizenship through military service.
The notion was put forth by Senate Judiciary Committee chairman and majority whip Dick Durbin (D-Illinois) during floor remarks subsequent to his analysis of Republican opposition to authorizing additional assistance to Ukraine in the absence of comprehensive border security reforms.
“What troubles me about the debate now about the southern border is that it is one-half of the immigration equation. Yes, we need order at the border. Yes, we need to have changes in the laws that reflect the reality of the overwhelming numbers from all over the world who are coming to our shores and our border.” Durbin said.
Senator Dick Durbin wants to make it possible for illegal immigrants to join the US military: "Do you know what the recruiting numbers are at the Army, the Navy, and the Air Force? They can't reach their quotas each month. They can't find enough people to join." pic.twitter.com/UWuGSfrSkF
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“But there’s also an incredible demand for legal immigration into this country, even now.” he continued.
“Her bill — and I hope I describe it accurately — says that if you are an undocumented person in this country and you can pass the physical and the required test, background test, the like, that you can serve in our military, and if you do it honorably, we will make you citizens of the United States,” he concluded.
Conservatives responded negatively to Durbin’s recruitment proposal on social media.