Five GOP Bright Spots on Immigration
Donald Trump’s rise in the Republican Party has led to a swift resurgence of hardline immigration policy in the GOP. Restrictionists normally relegated to the fringes of the party now dictate policy in the White House, and dubious claims about immigrants and refugees that used to permeate through the likes of Breitbart are now being peddled from the highest levels of government.
In January, Republican Jeff Denham from California introduced the ENLIST Act, which offers undocumented immigrants who have been in the U.S. since 2012 and entered under the age of 15 the ability to enlist in the U.S. armed forces. Furthermore, the bill offers a green card to those immigrants if they are discharged under honorable conditions.
Rep. Denham argues, “There’s no greater act of patriotism than being willing to put your life on the line for a country that you love. It will show a great act of patriotism by those kids. Many of our immigrants are really excited to show that patriotism, to show the support of a country that has given them so much.”