Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Foreign ideas on immigration reform

Adam Serwer talks about the change for some of the GOP candidates:

During Monday night's debate, however, the Republican consensus shifted just a smidgen to the left, as both Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney endorsed the idea of a military-only DREAM Act, an idea once embraced by their fallen rival Rick Perry.

"If you live in a foreign country, and you are prepared to join the American military, you can, in fact, earn the right to citizenship by serving the United States and taking real risk on behalf of the United States," Gingrich said. "That part of the DREAM Act I would support."

"I would not sign the DREAM Act as it currently exists," Romney agreed, "but I would sign the DREAM Act if it were focused on military service."

I find it odd that they would support it if is focused on military service only. I thought, according to Republicans, only real, patriotic Americans served in the military. And I thought serving in our military was the most patriotic thing a person could do, aside from saying you support the troops. Why would they let people from other countries join our military? They don't want them here to begin with. They don't want them taking jobs away from "real" Americans. So why entrust them to defend our country? Maybe it's what Adam said, that they want to punish immigrants. I'm not sure. But if that is the case, that's a pretty different view of the military than what they preach.

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