House slated for immigration fight in defense bill

By Christina Marcos, the Hill

House GOP leaders decided late Tuesday night to grant floor time to two GOP-authored amendments to a defense spending bill. The amendments would ensure that no funds can be used to enlist in the military young illegal immigrants granted work permits under President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The amendments authored by conservative Reps. Steve King (R-Iowa) and Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) are sure to cause uproar among Democrats and some centrist Republicans who believe DACA recipients should be allowed to serve in the military…The issue over allowing illegal immigrants to enlist in the military nearly threatened last year’s defense authorization bill. During its markup, the House Armed Services Committee adopted a provision establishing a ‘sense of the House’ that the Pentagon should review allowing DACA recipients to serve.

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