A Military Green Card?

The second presidential debate took place this Tuesday and both President Obama and Governor Romney were asked to discuss their plan for immigrants without their green cards.

Romney took to answering the question first, and he brought up what he’s been saying throughout his campaign. He said the following:

“I won’t put in place magnets for people coming here illegally. So for instance, I would not give driver’s licenses to those that have come here illegally as the president would. The kids of those that came here illegally, those kids, I think, should have a pathway to become a permanent resident of the United States and military service, for instance, is one way they would have that kind of pathway to become a permanent resident.”

Even though he did not name it directly, Romney clearly disapproves of President Obama’s Deferred Action, which grants an eligible undocumented immigrant with a driver’s license and relief from deportation for a period of two years. What Romney is saying is that young people who came to the country as children should not get that but should instead be able to earn their green card through military service. The green card would give them permanent residency and, eventually, citizenship.

Does this mean the laws would change? Yes, they would have to because currently the military does not allow undocumented people to join.

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