GOP bill would block undocumenteds from military service

GOP bill would block undocumenteds from military service
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A group of House Republicans are pushing a bill that would ban undocumented immigrants from serving in the U.S. military, undoing initiatives led by President Obama. 

The bill, introduced Monday, would prevent those who fall under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and "other unlawful aliens" from enlisting in the U.S. military. 

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"Today I'm proud to introduce the Military Amnesty Prevention Act," tweeted Rep. Paul GosarPaul Anthony GosarRepublicans criticize Pelosi for gifting pens used to sign impeachment articles Overnight Energy: Republicans eye top spot on Natural Resources panel | GOP lawmakers push back on bill to make greener refrigerators, air conditioners | Green groups sue Trump over California fracking plans Republicans eye top spot on Natural Resources panel MORE (R-Ariz.), author of the bill and a member of the House Oversight Committee. 

A limited number of legal immigrants with highly specialized skills are currently allowed to enlist in the U.S. military as a fast-track to becoming a U.S. citizen. 

Last year, the Pentagon allowed undocumented immigrants who fall under DACA to also be eligible for the program. 

Gosar slammed that move as "backdoor amnesty" in a statement last month. 

“In a quest to cement President Obama’s lawless immigration agenda, his administration hijacked a military pilot program and turned it into another one of the president’s amnesty programs," he said.

"Military enlistment rules explicitly prohibit illegal aliens from enlisting in the Armed Forces and DACA aliens do not have lawful status. Accordingly, the administration should not be enlisting DACA aliens through a backdoor amnesty program."  

Gosar said extending eligibility to those under DACA was never authorized by Congress. 

Gosar's bill comes amid a national debate over allowing more immigrants into the U.S. 

Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump rails against impeachment in speech to Texas farmers Trump administration planning to crack down on 'birth tourism': report George Conway on Trump adding Dershowitz, Starr to legal team: 'Hard to see how either could help' MORE has called for a wall along the southern border of the U.S. to keep out Mexican immigrants. He has also called for barring Muslim immigrants from entering the U.S. 

According to Gosar, a total of 141 "DACA aliens" have enlisted in the military through April 30. 

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