Three House Republicans joined Democrats to support an amnesty for illegal alien family members of U.S. military personnel, as well as legislation that will allow DHS to suspend deportations of criminal illegal aliens who have served in the United States Armed Forces.
Reps. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) and Maria Salazar (R-FL) joined 217 House Dems in supporting the amnesty that grants green cards to illegal aliens with family links to U.S. service personnel.
Congress was urged to approve the amnesty by President Joe Biden’s White House.
With the exception of Reps. John Rutherford (R-FL) and Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH), who did not cast a vote, all other Republicans in the House voted against the amnesty.
The amnesty would allow illegal immigrant family members of U.S. service personnel to obtain green cards. Green cards would also be available to illegal immigrant military members who have served honorably for more than two years.
Similarly, the amnesty expedites naturalization for illegal alien service members, permits deported service members to apply for green cards, and most importantly, gives the DHS secretary the authority to cancel any deportation orders for an illegal alien veteran or service member, including those who have violent criminal histories, and issue them a green card.
The amnesty would also establish the Military Relative Immigration Advisory Committee, whose members would be appointed by the DHS secretary and would evaluate deportation orders for illegal alien service personnel and their illegal alien family members to determine whether there should be prosecutorial discretion.
As part of the amnesty measures, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials would get yearly training on how to avoid having to deport illegal alien service members and their illegal alien relatives.
Foreign nationals serving in the United States Armed Forces already get some of the most lucrative immigration benefits available from the federal government.
The Immigration and Nationality Act, for example, guarantees that lawful immigrants serving in the United States Armed Forces have the quickest path to naturalized American citizenship of any category of green card holders.