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Obama Set to Allow Illegal Aliens to Join the U.S. Military


Illegal Border Crossers
President Barack Obama has quietly announced new rules that, according to USAToday, will expand an existing program allowing recruiters to target foreign nationals with high-demand skills, mostly rare foreign language expertise or specialized health care training.
 
For the first time, said Gannett’s flagship news outlet, the program — known as Military Accessions in the National Interest, or MAVNI — will be open to immigrants without a proper visa if they came to the U.S. with their parents before age 16. More specifically, they must be approved under a 2012 Obama administration policy known as Deferred Action for Child Arrivals, or DACA.
 
On its face, recruiting people with “rare foreign language expertise or specialized health care training” from whatever source sounds like a good idea.
 
But as our friend Tom Fitton of Judicial Watch reminds us, those illegal aliens who are here under the deferred Action for Child Arrivals, or DACA have received little or no background investigation.
 
Back in June Judicial Watch announced that documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request show that the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) abandoned required background checks late last year, adopting, instead, costly “lean and lite” procedures in effort to keep up with the flood of amnesty applications spurred by President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) directive, which grants illegal aliens a two-year deferment from deportation.
 
Acting on a tip from a whistleblower at a federal law enforcement agency, Judicial Watch filed a FOIA request with DHS, for “all communications, memoranda, emails, policy guidance, directives, initiatives, and any other correspondence respecting the scope and extent of background checks to be performed (or not) on aliens applying to the Obama administration’s DACA program.”  
 
The Judicial Watch FOIA was filed on October 26, 2012 and it took the Obama administration until June of 2014 to comply with the FIOA law.
 
What Judicial Watch found was that in a series of agency memos beginning in September 14, 2012, field offices were told to expect the National Benefits Center (which collects all DACA applications) to conduct only “lean & lite” background checks on illegal alien applicants, and that, henceforth, “NBC will not perform full TECS checks or any evidence review on these cases before we ship to the field.” An October 14 memo reiterated that under the new “lean and lite” policy, “Hits will be sent to the field without resolution.” On October 25, the St. Paul Field Director conceded to staffers that the new “lean & lite” procedures were for an indefinite period of time, saying, “I just can’t tell you when things will revert back to the way they used to be.”
 
Judicial Watch also found an email chain from September 5 and through November 14 indicates managerial pressure not to turn any illegal alien applicant away for lack of ID, including the explicit directive in an October 3 memo, “Biometric processing should not be refused solely because an applicant does not present an acceptable ID.” (emphasis ours)
 
In an October 1 memo further restricting independent action by agency personnel, they were instructed, “Every two weeks field offices will report the number of DACA requestors who appear for biometrics collection at an ASC during the previous two week period, but were turned away without fingerprints or photographs being taken. Field offices will also need to provide the reason why the DACA requestor was turned away by the ASC ISO.”
 
After reviewing the material obtained in the Freedom of Information Act documents Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said, “The Obama administration seems to be throwing public safety and national security out the door in implementing its illicit and unilateral amnesty program for illegal aliens… These documents show a crisis in law enforcement and national security caused by President Obama’s unilateral decision to grant amnesty to hundreds of thousands illegal aliens.”
 
The idea that illegal aliens who meet the phony background checks taking place under DACA have somehow been “vetted” and are fit to serve in the United States military reminds us all too much of the myth of “carefully vetted” moderate Syrian forces propounded by Obama or the politically correct security reviews that allowed Major Nidal Malik Hasan (who was actually born in America) to carry out the Ft. Hood shooting that killed 13 people and injured more than 30 others.
 
As Rep. Tom McClintock said in opposition to the Continuing Resolution through which Obama obtained the authorization to arm the mythical “moderate” Syrians, such a move defies our experience in Afghanistan and Iraq where so-called “carefully vetted” local Islamic forces have turned their weapons against us.

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