Military pulled into immigration battle

Daniel Cortez 2By Daniel Cortez

As volatile and at the same time delicate remains the subject of immigration, Republicans are shooting themselves in the foot with the huge independent Hispanic voting community by blocking legislation to allow immigrants who can pass the rigid military qualifications service in our military. Our national history, if revisited, depicts thousands if not millions of illegal and undocumented families that were part of combat operations since World War II. And again history notes scores of illegals have been decorated with the nation’s highest medal for bravery, the Medal of Honor, and other heroic medals for their service. I personally fought with many of them in Vietnam and saw numerous give their life for this country.

The vote will be against those conservatives with a hard heart like Congressman Dave Brat or others who seek the Virginia Mansion and state offices who have never served in the military and fail to see the greatest act of loyalty and patriotism is for a veteran to serve this nation in war or peace. Millions refuse induction, therefore those who again are “qualified” regardless of status should be allowed to serve and put their lives on the line against our nation’s enemies. Should these men or women be given priority for citizenship? Yes.

See Immigration battles moves to the military in The Hill.

Daniel Cortez, a distinguished Vietnam veteran and award winning writer-broadcaster, and is active in veterans and political affairs with an independent voter perspective. He can be reached at

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