Dream Army Knocks On Recruiter's Door, Offers To Enlist

Author: Tim Paynter
Published: December 01, 2010 at 10:40 am

You can bet the recruiter was a little surprised when he received a knock on his door.

“We would like to enlist.”  Standing in front of the recruiter was a squad of college-aged youths, both men and women.  Dressed in military fatigues, they all had both arms and both legs, and appeared to be perfectly sane.

“Ad hease!” the 'dream recruit' yelled out.

“Duh…, uh, who wants to enlist?,” no doubt the recruiter asked, confused.

“All of us!” the young recruit said, as he motioned to the entire squad trying to keep a straight face.  You can bet the recruiter was counting on his next promotion when the young recruit dropped the bombshell.

“We all want to serve this country, and… we are all children of undocumented workers.”   There went the promotion, thought the recruiter!  The biggest loser, of course, is the country, which is seeking qualified people to serve this nation.

The recruiter had to pass along the sad news.  Youth of undocumented workers are not eligible to serve in the U.S. military.  It doesn’t matter if the person came to the U.S. when he was six months old; the law is the law.  He or she must have documents.

While some Republican senators are reticent to support immigration reform, others say they will support the Dream Act if it helps qualify young people to serve our country.  When you are on the battlefield it does not make much difference where you were born.  What counts is what you are made of.  Will you stand by your fellow serviceman and your country?  Will you sacrifice your life?  Does living in the U.S. mean that much to you?

For young people who can say yes to the above questions, perhaps there is an option.  The Dream Act provides a temporary stay to the youth of undocumented immigrants allowing them to remain in the country and go to college or serve in the military.  If they complete their end of the bargain, then the act would bestow upon them status of permanent resident.  If they don’t complete their end of the bargain, they are deported.  Amnesty it is not, because the law requires the youth to live up to big commitments which are best for the immigrant youth and best for the country.

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Tim Paynter is an attorney and human rights activist based in Denver, Colorado. He is a tireless fighter for abused women, children at risk, those ravaged by poverty, and those fighting for dignity in the United States.

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