Jered wrote: ↑
Thu Sep 17, 2020 6:20 pm
In the military, don't they generally have some sort of actual immigration status, other than the government agreeing not to deport them?
Back in the day, one of the OCs in my OCS training platoon was from the Philippines. He was FOB when he joined the US Army. He was 11B IIRC.
OCS requires citizenship, so he was already in for almost 5 years, on his second enlistment, when he got accepted to OCS. After his first enlistment, he was able to apply for US citizenship, which was granted.
Requirements: Show HS diploma or GED equivalent, pass US Army test (if you can meet 6th grade academic curriculum, you can pass that test), pass US Army medical, get through Basic Training and AIT, and don't get discharged during your 3 year enlistment. Oh yeah, you need to "habla English". Drill instructors don't give bilingual orders.
Whenever someone whines about giving "deserving young people a path to citizenship", after I take a few deep breaths to lower my blood pressure, I tell them, "We already have a path to citizenship for young people. It's called the US Army. After all the years I spent in the US Army, if they think 3 years of service is too big a price to pay for citizenship, they can F### off!"
For comparison, the French also have a similar path to citizenship in the French Foreign Legion, but that requires 10 years of service for French citizenship. If every DACA isn't at the US Army recruiting center, they should just self-deport.
Once they are through with their 3 year enlistment and have their citizenship, I'm all for them attending police academy and applying for LEO jobs, applying to OCS, or whatever else they want to do.