Congressman Bill Foster

Representing the 11th District of Illinois

Foster Reintroduces a Resolution to Allow DREAMers to Serve in the Military

Jun 29, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) reintroduced a resolution supporting DREAMers in the military. The resolution calls on the Secretary of Defense to authorize DREAMers to serve in the armed services. Allowing DREAMers to serve would improve military readiness and let young people who grew up in the United States serve the country they call home. Congressman Foster co-led the resolution with Congressmen Jared Polis (D-CO) and Juan Vargas (D-CA) with eighteen additional original cosponsors.

“For many of these young people, the United States is the only home they have ever known,” Foster said. “They deserve the right to serve in the military as patriots. Too often our politicians demean these young people who have so much to offer our country. Military enlistment would make sure our armed forces have the best and brightest young minds in their ranks. I strongly encourage the Secretary of Defense to review the current policy with the purpose of authorizing these individuals to serve their country.”

According to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, an estimated 1.2 million young people were accepted in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program since its inception in 2012.  

 

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