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Sunday, March 11, 2007

 

US Military invaded by Foreign Legion

In July 2006, testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness David S. C. Chu listed a series of inducements currently offered to get foreigners to risk life and limb for Uncle Sam. These included: "President Bush's executive order allowing non-citizens to apply for citizenship after only one day of active-duty military service," a streamlined application process for service members, and the elimination of "all application fees for non-citizens in the military."

While noting that approximately 40,000 non-citizens are already serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, Chu offered his own solution to the immigration crisis. With the services denied the possibility of a draft, he made a pitch for creating a true foreign legion from a group "potentially interested in military service," the "estimated 50,000 to 65,000 undocumented alien young adults who entered the U.S. at an early age." Chu then talked-up legislation like the DREAM Act -- which would give illegal aliens the opportunity to, among other options, join the military as a vehicle to conditional permanent resident status.

In addition to proposing a possible source of undocumented cannon fodder that might prove less disturbing to Americans than their own sons and daughters, Chu noted that the "military also has initiated several new programs, including opportunities for those with language skills, which may hold particular appeal for noncitizens." Just in case noncitizens aren't thrilled to the depths by the chance to serve with the occupation forces in Iraq, the Army promises expedited citizenship, quick advancement, and a host of other perks -- including a boatload of cash. In addition to "foreign language proficiency pay while on active duty," those willing to sell their "Middle-Eastern language skills and join the U.S. Army as a Translator Aide… in Iraq and Afghanistan" will receive an enlistment bonus of $10,000 -- a sizable sum given yearly per capita incomes in those countries which hover in the $800-$2000 range.

Reprinted from http://www.tomdispatch.com

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