Republicans dismissed as a political ploy Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's announcement Tuesday that he would attach a proposal giving young illegal immigrants a pathway to citizenship on an upcoming defense bill.
With Reid facing a tough election against Sharron Angle in Hispanic-heavy Nevada, lawmakers criticized the majority leader for adding the so-called DREAM Act to the defense bill. They accused him of injecting unnecessary controversy into the routine spending bill for political gain. [source]Harry may be on to something old. Perhaps he should model his proposed legislation around this:
The French Foreign Legion was created by Louis Philippe, the King of the French, on 10 March 1831. The direct reason was that foreigners were forbidden to serve in the French Army after the 1830 July Revolution, so the Legion was created to allow the government a way around this restriction. The purpose of the Legion was to remove disruptive elements from society and put them to use fighting the enemies of France. Recruits included failed revolutionaries from the rest of Europe, soldiers from the disbanded foreign regiments, and troublemakers in general, both foreign and French. Algeria was designated as the Legion's home.
In late 1831, the first Legionnaires landed in Algeria, the country that would be the Legion's homeland for 130 years and shape its character. The early years in Algeria were hard for Legionnaires because they were often sent to the worst postings, received the worst assignments and were generally uninterested in the new colony of the French. [source]So instead of the DREAM Act, how about the USFL Act? No, not the old football league. Our very own Foreign Legion. After a suitable period of... no, not two years... five years in places like Afghanistan or Iraq or anywhere else no one else wanted to be, the former illegal aliens would then be welcomed back as citizens provided they had served without violating the military code of conduct... meaning they had gotten written verification that their opposing combatants were not hiding behind women and children before they fired their weapons. Former drug dealers and gang members would be exempt from the verification rule and could bring any weapons they felt comfortable using.
I'd call that a "twofer"... use illegal aliens to fight terrorist organizations. That's really getting something in exchange for "amnesty."