Retreat: Cantor blocks DREAM Act for military enlistees from defense bill

posted at 5:31 pm on May 16, 2014 by Allahpundit

Proof that the GOP’s terrified of an immigration backlash from the right in November? Or proof that Eric Cantor in particular is terrified of losing his primary?

I’ll accept “both” as an answer.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor will block attempts next week to include a measure on a must-pass defense policy bill that would legalize young undocumented immigrants who serve in the military.

A spokesman confirmed Friday that the legislation, known as the Enlist Act, will not be among those debated with the National Defense Authorization Act, an annual bill that sets policy for the Pentagon. Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Calif.), the Enlist Act’s chief sponsor, had pledged to bring it up as part of the floor battle over the defense bill.

“No proposed ENLIST amendments to NDAA will be made in order,” a Cantor spokesman, Doug Heye, said in an e-mail Friday. He did not elaborate immediately on the reasons.

Cantor’s always seen legalizing DREAMers as a comparatively easy first step towards a wider amnesty. (He was, and maybe is, writing his own version of DREAM, remember.) They’re the most sympathetic class of illegals who are here; tying permanent residency and ultimately citizenship to their willingness to serve in the U.S. military only makes them that much more sympathetic. Border hawks are leery of it, though — especially if it’s attached to a must-pass measure like the defense bill — because it’s a way to get immigration reform to a conference committee, where Reid and Schumer could dramatically expand Enlist before sending it back to the House.

Both Denham and Buck McKeon claimed that Cantor quietly supported introducing the Enlist Act. The fact that he’s suddenly changed his mind means either (a) he badly misjudged the degree of resistance to Enlist that he’d see from conservatives or (b) he’s genuinely fearful of what’s going to happen in the primary for his seat in Virginia next month. WaPo had a story about that the other day, claiming that challenger Dave Brat was starting to make Cantor sweat with attacks on him over — ta da — immigration. I didn’t take it seriously because it’s so unusual for a big-name House member like Cantor to lose. His 180 on Enlist makes me wonder, though. What numbers is this guy seeing to make him want to pull the plug now, at a moment when Boehner’s signaling his resolve to tackle immigration this summer? If they’re going to move on amnesty, it makes sense that they’d do it soon and also that they might want to start small, with a measure targeting highly sympathetic illegals. Denham’s ready to help on both counts. Instead Cantor’s running away. Hmmmm.

Actually, there’s a third possibility: Maybe Cantor’s not worried about losing his seat or support for the party among righties in the midterms. Maybe what he’s worried about is his caucus. He’s on thin ice with them already; one more screw-up and the dream of Speaker Cantor may be gone for good. While you ponder that, here’s video of him being booed mercilessly by Virginia tea partiers last week.


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What was the status of the killer at Fort Hood?

mixplix on May 16, 2014 at 7:08 PM

I don’t think having people that can speak Spanish fluently is a problem for the armed forces.

bw222 on May 16, 2014 at 7:01 PM

Indian? German? Russian/Ukraine? Chinese/Mandarin? These are all very sought after languages. If you can find someone who has been in the U.S. long enough, who is not a U.S. citizen, can speak almost perfect American English AND their own countries language, who wants to become a U.S. citizen and is willing to do almost anything for it. Well, then what do you do if you were in the military?

upinak on May 16, 2014 at 7:10 PM

I have a niece whose husband made a good living in CA as a plumber. He was “replaced” by illegal aliens, over and over. He then joined the military, barely making the upper age limit. He re-enlisted last October and was the only one in his group that was accepted because the military is downsizing. To now offer slots to illegals in the hopes they’ll vote for Republicans is repugnant. We’ve got plenty of Americans who want to serve in the military. We don’t need people who have snubbed their noses at our laws, or whose parents have, to take the places of Americans.

memyselfni on May 16, 2014 at 7:14 PM

here’s video of him being booed mercilessly by Virginia tea partiers last week.

LOL. Love them.

Go after all of them like this, TPers. Hold their feet to the fire and make them feel the burn.

AZCoyote on May 16, 2014 at 7:17 PM

Impossible to believe. An illegal alien refuses to obey our laws, takes the job of an American, and then would join the military to protect the country and uphold our laws. Why would we ever expect an illegal alien to obey our laws, and protect the country they don’t give a damn about in the first place.

leader4hru on May 16, 2014 at 7:21 PM

LIAR.

astonerii on May 16, 2014 at 6:27 PM

Time to stop drinking coffee. Little wound up.

upinak on May 16, 2014 at 6:42 PM

LOL

V7_Sport on May 16, 2014 at 7:25 PM

What was the status of the killer at Fort Hood?

mixplix on May 16, 2014 at 7:08 PM

Born:
Nidal Malik Hasan
September 8, 1970 (age 43)[1]
Arlington County, Virginia, U.S.
Nationality: American

V7_Sport on May 16, 2014 at 7:26 PM

LOL

V7_Sport on May 16, 2014 at 7:25 PM

give the man a break. He forgot his sarc tag.

upinak on May 16, 2014 at 7:27 PM

The only thing we really know about ILLEGAL aliens is that they have proven they do not respect U.S. laws.

If the military has a need to hire people with unique and specialized skills, then there should be a LEGAL way for them to enter our country and potentially serve in the military. Perhaps a Contractor relationship would be appropriate in some cases.

We need to be very careful not to confuse ILLEGAL aliens with people who have entered our country LEGALLY even though they may not be U.S. Citizens.

People who have shown they do not respect U.S. laws should not be in our Military, period.

wren on May 16, 2014 at 7:33 PM

Undocumented immigrants who serve in the military should be legalized. This should be a no-brainer. If you’re allowed to serve the United States in the military then why would you not be allowed to be a citizen?

mattmillburn on May 16, 2014 at 5:46 PM

No, he is subject to this because he had to lie to enlist. He should be court martialed and then deported after he serves his sentence.

Oldnuke on May 16, 2014 at 7:34 PM

So illegals can serve in the military? There isn’t any sort of check they do?

Jack_Burton on May 16, 2014 at 7:36 PM

Probably. No worries.

But here is something to think about… those who live in our Territories. They can serve, and do not have to be U.S. citizens. Think about it.

upinak on May 16, 2014 at 7:07 PM

They rightly are not considered illegal, having broken the law to come here. If a kid can be denied entry to the military for having had a beer and been caught, isn’t it logical that someone living illegally in the United States of America is even less of a stellar person?

astonerii on May 16, 2014 at 7:39 PM

They rightly are not considered illegal, not having broken the law to come here. If a kid can be denied entry to the military for having had a beer and been caught, isn’t it logical that someone living illegally in the United States of America is even less of a stellar person?

astonerii on May 16, 2014 at 7:39 PM

astonerii on May 16, 2014 at 7:41 PM

Around 15-20% of those in the French Army are now muzz. That makes them even more useless against many of the logical threats that France faces.

That’s where we are headed.

slickwillie2001 on May 16, 2014 at 8:09 PM

I hope people in Cantor’s district wake up and nominate the challenger!

Behind the scenes of legislating the 2012 Stock Act Cantor tried to keep insider trading legal for his family and staff. The worst people one could allow to trade on insider knowledge are the people who write the legislation.

He apparently sees no problem with the suspension of habeas corpus and other government misadventures legalized by the 2012 NDAA and Amnesty for people who broke our laws and will only increase taxpayer liabilities.

He’s a crony capitalist insider that carries many of the trade marks of what is wrong with establishment politicians and politics in DC. He needs to go!

Falcon46 on May 16, 2014 at 8:27 PM

Articles like this one may explain why Eric Cantor is paying more attention to his constituents now:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/eric-cantors-tea-party-opponent-in-va-primary-may-be-picking-up-momentum/2014/05/13/1a2d92d0-d9d7-11e3-b745-87d39690c5c0_story.html

David Brat is running against Eric Cantor in Virginia’s June 10 Primary and Brat’s campaign is picking up momentum.

Mark Levin has already expressed support for David Brat.

If you live in or near this congressional district in Virginia, please let us know what you think of David Brat.

Keep up the heat Virginians!

wren on May 16, 2014 at 8:28 PM

Yet another reason including ILLEGAL aliens in the Enlist act suddenly became unpopular….

Heritage has created this very effective YouTube video to highlight the issue:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8CAeyO3rLNs

Keep up the heat Heritage! Your video is working!

wren on May 16, 2014 at 8:50 PM

LOL

V7_Sport on May 16, 2014 at 7:25 PM

give the man a break. He forgot his sarc tag.

upinak on May 16, 2014 at 7:27 PM

He lost it along with his padded helmet.

V7_Sport on May 16, 2014 at 9:28 PM

Honorable military service should guarantee citizenship for the service members and their immediate families.

The Romans had it set up so that a non-citizen would serve honorably for 25 years before being granted such a privilege…and we are Rome after all, so I guess it would be apropos to emulate her to the fullest…might as well.

But I would prefer that they earn their citizenship while serving on a fast track…say two years of honorable service.

Dr. ZhivBlago on May 16, 2014 at 10:18 PM

Because enlisting the Goths into the military worked out so well for the Romans.

K. Hobbit on May 16, 2014 at 10:56 PM

Retreat: Cantor blocks DREAM Act for military enlistees from defense bill

…Cantor had a dry wet dream?

KOOLAID2 on May 17, 2014 at 12:01 AM

When I was in the Army I knew another soldier who became an American citizen while serving in the Army. We went to Iraq in the same unit. I don’t know all the rules about non-citizens serving in the military. But I know he was in the military and it was not a secret that he was not a citizen. I think anybody allowed into the military who is not a citizen should become one. I would consider them more American then much of the population who only take from the country and give nothing.

mattmillburn on May 17, 2014 at 1:43 AM

I tend to agree, however, someone who has done a couple of tours in Iraq has done a heII of a lot more for this country than most “natural born” American citizens. I think this is the exception to the rule. Besides, there aren’t many illegals in the military because it’s illegal for them to be there.

V7_Sport on May 16, 2014 at 5:59 PM

Then limit ENLIST to combat veterans.
The guy sitting around a base in the States in the motor pool or landscaping crew hasn’t earned it.

Even if there aren’t many “illegals” in the military (there should be zilch), the kicker for this amnesty act, just like all the rest, is that the legalization cascade extends to the illegal family of the service member, not just the soldier.

AesopFan on May 17, 2014 at 2:58 AM

What part of stupid are Cantor and Boner not getting?

The only ones that really need and want to pass amnesty are the democrats.
Why had your enemy a weapon?
And that is what the democrats are – enemies of liberty.
The Chamber of Commerce can go piss up a rope.
Americans can’t get jobs and they want to flood the zone with low skilled workers who will
embrace every minimum wage job they see. And then Zuckerberg wants to hire every Indian
who can write a line of code for far less then their American citizen counterpart.

redguy on May 17, 2014 at 9:36 AM

Doesn’t the oath at the very beginning of enlistment seem problematic? Should it be changed to

Starting now,I, (NAME), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.

Uh,oh on that last word also!

Cindy Munford on May 17, 2014 at 9:38 AM

I don’t think having people that can speak Spanish fluently is a problem for the armed forces.

bw222 on May 16, 2014 at 7:01 PM

Here’s a primer on that topic:

From the Wiki

U

nited States v. Hasan K. Akbar was the court-martial of a United States Army soldier for a premeditated attack in the early morning hours of March 23, 2003 at Camp Pennsylvania, Kuwait during the start of the United States invasion of Iraq.

Former Sergeant Hasan Karim Akbar (born Mark Fidel Kools on April 21, 1971) threw four hand grenades into three tents in which other members of the 101st Airborne Division were sleeping, and fired his rifle at fellow soldiers in the ensuing chaos. Army Captain Christopher S. Seifert was fatally shot in the back, and Air Force Major Gregory L. Stone was killed by a grenade. Fourteen other soldiers were wounded by Akbar, mostly from grenade shrapnel.

Its generally a bad idea to have soldiers in your army who have relationship with groups you consider to be hostile to you.

BobMbx on May 17, 2014 at 9:45 AM

Fact:

You don’t need the Dream Act to enlist in the military service, complete service honorably and become a citizen. You can do that now. Although I read this week that the services are taking fewer recruits. (What do you want to be they are not picking the BEST recruits but are recruiting preferred catagories?)

This Dream Act, is about the tentacles…the subject can bring along a boat load of relatives and girlfriends, baby-mothers/fathers parents, who they can list as a privilege and they won’t be deported. Something like that.

I am glad to see Cantor returning to his senses, he is too good to lose, I want him to have the power to run “You Cut” again.

He is not the first person I would throw out of office, however…I think he would make a better Senator from Virginia or Governor of Virginia than McCaulliffe or Time Kaine, or Mark Warner. I know Ann Coulter has said this challenge is a good one, I disagree that it is not timely. For one, you never should have left Cantor in office so long without cultivating challengers. But he was in the leadership.

If someone wants his seat and thinks they can win, lets put Cantor to use somewhere else first. Right now, Cuccinelli is not helping in Government, and that is a shame. It seems to me the Sarvis voters got their way and they got a Democrat Governor to show us all. We need all bearably reasonable hands on deck to stop the liberal-progressive power grab.

They want to RUIN Virginia, once and for all. That should be a unifying call to the Virginia GOP, conservatives and non pot smoking libertarians.

Fleuries on May 17, 2014 at 9:50 AM

If you live in or near this congressional district in Virginia, please let us know what you think of David Brat.

Keep up the heat Virginians!

wren on May 16, 2014 at 8:28 PM

I’m in the 7th CD, and while Brat is pretty much an unknown outside of political fanatics, he is saying the right things, while Cantor can’t seem to say anything right.

Cantor will most likely cruise back into office, he’s got a primary fight he wasn’t really expecting.

BobMbx on May 17, 2014 at 9:52 AM

mattmillburn on May 17, 2014 at 1:43 AM

Permanent Resident Aliens are eligible. You have to have an unexpired green card.

Buck Farky on May 17, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Hard for me to understand this …

A lot of conservatives have never served in the military – never risked their lives for this nation.

Now let’s see here – a young kid who was brought over the border by his parents – who had no part in the decision to illegally cross that border …

And he’s raised here – and he goes to school here – and he wants to join the military …

And, in the military … he’s going to learn the value of PATRIOTISM and LOYALTY to this nation …

And, he’s going to be eating, sleeping, and fighting alongside American kids … who vote Republican to the tune of around 70% … and that’s a lot exposure he’ll get to conservative ideas and the conservative ways of thinking – which would surely turn a lot of these “Dreamers” in Republicans … and that’s the major opposition to making illegals “legal” … that they vote mostly Democrat …

Why the hell wouldn’t you want to do this?

HondaV65 on May 17, 2014 at 10:29 AM

Then limit ENLIST to combat veterans.
The guy sitting around a base in the States in the motor pool or landscaping crew hasn’t earned it.

AesopFan on May 17, 2014 at 2:58 AM

Who does this?

All of the military services work on a “deployment” basis. Yeah sure – you might get a tour in the states … but your very next tour is going to be in a deploying billet that takes you overseas.

I assure you … none of the services have an enlistment program where you enlist and then they send you to San Francisco to mow lawns.

HondaV65 on May 17, 2014 at 10:34 AM

Since 80% of potential recruits are rejected, why does Cantor feel that the military must consider people who lie on their application (an automatic disqualifier) and add DREAM to the defense bill?

Answer, there is no good reason to consider DREAM for the military. This is just the camel’s/amnesty’s nose under the tent, that’s all. The GOP in Congress know that Democrats are lying snakes who cannot be trusted so anything they say about agreements with Democrats is a lie.

http://www.military1.com/army/article/461797-military-turns-down-80-of-applicants

iconoclast on May 17, 2014 at 10:35 AM

Fleuries on May 17, 2014 at 9:50 AM

While I agree with some of what your are saying, you can’t go back and primary Mr. Cantor and his being in the leadership is damning with faint praise.

Cindy Munford on May 17, 2014 at 11:02 AM

I come from a very very long line of military personnel, going all the way back to the Revolution. My son is currently serving, intent on making it a career. Prior to enlisting, his entire life was put under a microscope by the recruiter, making sure there was no disqualifying action in his past. It saddens him and his friends all over the world to see how low the brass is now willing to set the bar; to see how little respect they now have from within…. This latest effort is a slap in the face to all of us as they think we’re too stupid to see what’s really going on. Dems want millions of new voters; Repubs want cheap labor. That. Is. All.

fresh air on May 17, 2014 at 11:02 AM

Cantor needs to go. He’s one of the worst parts of the Establishment.

ConstantineXI on May 17, 2014 at 11:11 AM

Lets me see, having spent 22 years in the military I do remember several foreign personnel in the military. They actually enlisted from a foreign country into the military. and yes they did get citizenship out of it. but once again they obeyed the laws. The big problem is there is no way to get an illegal alien a security clearance. besides the fact they are criminals.

One young lady that I know enlisted in the military from Thailand. Another person I knew enlisted from a Caribbean island. Another from Germany.. Non of them broke the law.

There should only be one track for Illegal/criminal aliens that is strait out of the country. The anchor babies either leave with them or go strait to an orphanage.

kraftykeltic on May 17, 2014 at 11:15 AM

I sincerely hope this Marxist stooge Cantor pretending to be a republican looses his primary.

bgibbs1000 on May 17, 2014 at 11:38 AM

memyselfni on May 16, 2014 at 7:14 PM

Good post.

SparkPlug on May 17, 2014 at 11:43 AM

I’m a bit surprised the Dale Carnegie Division of the Republican Party isn’t here telling us that if you support the primary challenger than you must love Democrats.

Cindy Munford on May 17, 2014 at 11:50 AM

After watching a vehicle to aid military families be stripped of its wheels, upholstery, engine, and body, and then be rebuilt into Obamacare, makes me leery of giving the Senate purchase on anything before the November election.

unclesmrgol on May 17, 2014 at 12:01 PM

Beware of RINO’s doing conservative things.

SouthernGent on May 17, 2014 at 12:01 PM

kraftykeltic on May 17, 2014 at 11:15 AM

By that reasoning, conductors on the Underground Railroad should not have been allowed to enlist in the United States Army at the outbreak of the Civil War.

After all, they violated the Fugitive Slave Act — a law fully (well, partially, anyway) underpinned by the Constitution of the United States.

unclesmrgol on May 17, 2014 at 12:04 PM

I’m in his district here in Richmond, and the tea party is strong and growing here. He’s afraid for good reason.

MT on May 17, 2014 at 12:18 PM

While I am very much in favor of utilizing military service as a method of gaining legal entrance to this country, It cannot and should not be used as a way of gaining legality after entering illegally.

If illegals wish forgiveness and citizenship through military service, then returning to their country of origin and THEN applying to serve in the U.S. military in order to gain citizenship is the way to do it.

wearyman on May 17, 2014 at 12:27 PM

Proof that the GOP’s terrified of an immigration backlash from the right in November? Or proof that Eric Cantor in particular is terrified of losing his primary?

Does a snake feel fear?

Scare a snake he bites you. Maybe sooner, Maybe he pulls back and bites you later.

entagor on May 17, 2014 at 12:33 PM

I’m in the 7th CD, and while Brat is pretty much an unknown outside of political fanatics, he is saying the right things, while Cantor can’t seem to say anything right.

Cantor will most likely cruise back into office, he’s got a primary fight he wasn’t really expecting.

BobMbx on May 17, 2014 at 9:52 AM

I’m in his district here in Richmond, and the tea party is strong and growing here. He’s afraid for good reason.

MT on May 17, 2014 at 12:18 PM

Thank you very much for your local perspectives, BobMbx and MT!

Good luck to the Virginia Tea Party! I appreciate your hard work!

wren on May 17, 2014 at 1:02 PM

I’m in his district here in Richmond, and the tea party is strong and growing here. He’s afraid for good reason.

MT on May 17, 2014 at 12:18 PM

That is very good to hear.

cat_owner on May 17, 2014 at 1:43 PM

The American Chemistry Council just made a $300,000 ad buy to help Eric Cantor in his primary. The organization is run by a democrat who previously served in Congress. What a surprise: another democrat helping a RINO in his primary.

Wigglesworth on May 17, 2014 at 1:48 PM

They want to RUIN Virginia, once and for all. That should be a unifying call to the Virginia GOP, conservatives and non pot smoking libertarians.

Fleuries on May 17, 2014 at 9:50 AM

Really? so what the pot smokers are not welcome to vote in your neck of the woods? isnt that i dont know um… shall we say a rather obnoxious tactic. i guess i need to write my Congress Critter and let them know that unlike you i do not support the idea of limiting the rights of pot smokers.

katee bayer on May 17, 2014 at 1:56 PM

Wigglesworth on May 17, 2014 at 1:48 PM

It’s not surprising a D would support him, but what is surprising is the ad buy itself.

$300,000 in advertising for a ‘safe” incumbent? His internal polling must be really bad. Can’t see any organization putting out that kind of money if he’s not in big trouble.

cat_owner on May 17, 2014 at 2:50 PM

Forget Cantor – all he’ll do is push through shamnesty after he’s through the primary/general. He’ll just stab us in the back again.

I’m so fed up w/ GOP House leadership I donated to Brat. Hope others do to.

batter on May 17, 2014 at 2:52 PM

I’m in his district here in Richmond, and the tea party is strong and growing here. He’s afraid for good reason.

MT on May 17, 2014 at 12:18 PM

My best friend lives in his district and she rarely votes, mainly out of disgust with both parties, but she never votes in a primary. She’s gathered about 10 like minded friends and they’re all voting for Brat. Granted, it’s just an anecdote and not data, but if everyone feels like that…. If Cantor wins but by the smallest of margins, I think that would still speak volumes, considering his machine in Richmond.

TxAnn56 on May 17, 2014 at 4:39 PM

Proof that the GOP’s terrified of an immigration backlash from the right in November? Or proof that Eric Cantor in particular is terrified of losing his primary?

Option B.

Republicans show little sign of caring about their collective success – but each one cherishes his own place at the trough.

David Blue on May 18, 2014 at 2:31 AM

I have always felt that a person willing to shed blood for this country should be able to become a citizen for it, as well as his wife and children. If they are here illegal they can not enter the military, so it would NOT be a path for illegals. When we had the draft, an immigrant was issued a green card and most were drafted within the first year.

namvet6869 on May 18, 2014 at 11:59 AM

Through no fault of their own.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/17/us/us-sets-up-crisis-shelter-as-children-flow-across-border-alone.html?_r=0

Kids crossing the border, all on their own.

This is why you cannot have nice things. You give all the wrong incentives to people that they destroy them.

astonerii on May 19, 2014 at 11:52 AM

Cantor’s Rubio imitation.

Tsar of Earth on May 19, 2014 at 3:23 PM

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