Photo Credit: AP / Manuel Balce CenetaSen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) on Friday accused President Barack Obama of favoring illegal immigrants over U.S. citizens by allowing them to join the U.S. military, and said the move is a blow to the thousands of Americans who are being forced to leave the military.
“The president is launching a new effort to recruit illegal immigrants and visa overstays for the military at a time when thousands of career military personnel are facing layoffs — meaning that the president’s recruitment program will directly displace American military personnel,” he said. “Military service is a high calling, and a noble career, and is most certainly not a job Americans won’t do.”
USA Today and other papers reported this week that the Defense Department has put out a new rule that will allow some illegal immigrants to join the military. The rules expand a program that let the military bring on immigrants with certain skills, such as fluency in a certain language.
Those reports said the expansion will open up the military to immigrants who qualify under the Obama administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
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