Green Card Soldiers: How the US Army Recruits Them

Date Put forth on October 11, 2007 by XicanoPwr
Category Posted in Dream Act, Green Card Draft, Military Draft, Raza, War

The US military says it has met its recruitment goals for 2007. However, signing new soldiers is getting more difficult. New figures reveal there has been a 40 percent drop in African-Americans signing up for the army.

Watch the lies they are telling our kids. As one of the put it, “there is peer pressure and there is army pressure.”

There is a movement to have the DREAM Act pass. However, after much soul searching, I simply cannot send any more people in harms way knowing that the conditions of our Latino schooling will make military enlistment the only “choice” for our undocumented youth because in predominantly Latino high schools, military recruiters outnumber college representatives five to one. How can we overlook the amount of evidence about the misleading tactics military recruiters use to trick Latino youth to enlist. This decision is a decision of the head and the heart, reason and compassion, and it is not a decision taken lightly.

I understand that the military provision has been included since 2001 and that the military has had their hand in all the education bills, but why can’t we finally be different and make a stand. And if we know there are all these faults, why do we always have to settle for less?

According to the Department of Defense, 750,000 youths who benefit from the DREAM Act. However, the current high school dropout rate among undocumented immigrants is 50 percent. Therefore, that would mean, half of them are already unqualified, which now brings that number to roughly 350,000 undocumented immigrants who entered the United States before age 16 and graduated from high school would qualify.

Since not all high school graduates will go on to college according to a study conducted by RAND because they found that roughly half of those students were “very likely to serve in the Armed Forces.” So we are now left with roughly about 25% of the original 100%, which means roughly 187,500 undocumented immigrants would choose college over the military option.

Of those 25%, not everybody will automatically get to adjust from conditional to permanent legal resident status, they still have graduate from a two-year college or complete two years of a four-year degree before they can qualify baring any hurdles placed by the Sec of Education and their respective state. The current dropout rate during the first two years in college for immigrant students is between 50 to 68 percent.

In the end, roughly 60,000 to 93,750 undocumented immigrants will able to adjust from conditional to permanent legal resident status. But what about the others? Where will those students end up? Dead on the battlefield in Iraq or Afghanistan? Adding more to the over 600,000 dead Iraqis? Can we live with this?

What concerns me is the message that is being put out regarding pro-immigrant anti-war people. If we do not support the DREAM Act, we must be anti-immigration and this is a totally erroneous assumption. I am willing to do my part and join the struggle to get the DREAM Act if it is being pushed without the military provisions, but it is not.

The DREAM Act’s education component is a wonderful dream and one that I share those in favor of the DREAM Act, but as it stands, the only DREAM that is really being accomplished is the military’s DREAM.

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  1. Gravatar Icon Green Card Lottery Oct 15th, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    From a humanitarian perspective, our fellow human beings, who migrate to support their families, continue to suffer at the hands of immigration policies that separate them from family members and drive them into remote parts of the American desert, sometimes to their deaths. This suffering should not continue.

    Now is the time to address this pressing humanitarian issue which affects so many lives and undermines basic human dignity. Our society should no longer tolerate a status quo that perpetuates a permanent underclass of persons and benefits from their labor without offering them legal protections.

  2. Gravatar Icon Mitch Nov 18th, 2009 at 11:21 am

    This may be a silly question, but I feel it is legitimate and worth asking. Does the US government have any policy in place where a foreign citizen can gain a green card visa if they sign up for the armed forces? Obviously there would have to be requirements met, but this, in theory, sounds like an interesting approach to immigration policy.

  3. Gravatar Icon XicanoPwr Nov 19th, 2009 at 6:09 am

    That is a very good question Mitch. Not many people realize that in July 2002, President George W. Bush had issued an executive order that granted any non-naturalized soldiers serving honorably in the armed forces to apply for citizenship once they have enlisted. After 6 months, citizenship could be granted for them and their immediate family.

    It was reported in 2006 that over 26,000 were naturalized through this Presidential Order.

  4. Gravatar Icon George Jan 13th, 2010 at 4:05 am

    entonses puedes entrar a las fuerzas armadas de los estado unidos de america aunque seas imigrande mexicano y una ves estando y cumpliendo meses o años que se otorga puedes tener tu residencia legal y permanente como ciudadano americano

  5. Gravatar Icon me Apr 15th, 2010 at 11:05 am

    so this policy still on? if u serve to the army u can get legal status?.. how soon?

  6. Gravatar Icon XicanoPwr Apr 16th, 2010 at 7:05 am

    As far as I know, Obama hasn’t rescinded the Executive Order. If I remember correct, it is within months. Technically it is within months, but you have to be on them, if not, there are people who are being deported.

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