The ENLIST Act Is More Than Just Amnesty

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Around this time last year members of Congress from both parties began pushing the ENLIST Act. Heritage ¬†wrote at the time that the act “would give illegal immigrants near instant citizenship if they volunteer for military service.”

ENLIST stands for “Encourage New Legalized Immigrants to Start Training.” I’ve heard some lame acronyms, but that’s a whopper. I wonder who was charged with crafting the name and what he or she was told it must invoke. Maybe it went something like: “We want to find a backdoor amnesty program and thought we could use (or abuse) the military, but we have to lie about what our true intentions are. So we need you to come up with a clever, yet patriotic acronym.” Something like that.

As Heritage writes: “it provides virtually instant backdoor citizenship. The proposed ENLIST Act encourages more illegal immigration, flouts the rule of law, and has the potential to harm national security. Thus, if the ENLIST Act were passed in its current form, illegal immigrants who signed up for military service would obtain LPR [Lawful Permanent Resident] status immediately and, after one day of service during conflict, could apply for expedited citizenship. That process takes only a matter of months.”

In other words, one could be illegal today, and be a citizen by Christmas. Ridiculous! read more