(WASHINGTON) -- Illinois Rep. Bill Foster is introducing a resolution urging the Secretary of Defense to allow undocumented immigrants to serve in the U.S. military. Under the proposed Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors legislation, or DREAM Act, illegal immigrants would receive conditional permanent residency. Foster said he asked the Department of Defense last year to let DREAMers serve, but there hasn't been any effective action.
"Despite the fact that they have been designated as second-class citizens left in a state of limbo, with no clear path to citizenship, many of these young men and women would be first in line for the opportunity to serve our country in the military," the Democratic lawmaker said Friday. "... It is morally reprehensible to deny these patriotic young men and women the opportunity to serve the country that they love."
Foster also called on the government to resolve the much-debated immigration issue. "They are turned away for one reason and one reason alone: because of our broken immigration system," he added.
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