On Monday, Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., began his latest quest to allow illegal aliens, who broke American immigration laws to get into the United States, a chance to enjoy all the benefits of citizenship -- including providing them with state-of-the-art weapons: Durbin wants the Senate and House of Representatives to vote for legislation that will allow young illegal immigrants to serve in the U.S. military.
Durbin, who on the floor of the U.S. Senate called U.S. soldiers "Nazis" and U.S. military detention centers "Russian gulags," believes that "Dreamers" should have the chance to serve in the nation's armed services even if they broke American laws to get to the recruiting station.
"On that day America will be stronger and better as a country," he said.
But former U.S. Marine and NYPD detective Sid Franes see things in a different light. "Durbin is one of those lawmakers with a deep-seated aversion to the U.S. military. How else to explain his comment that having lawbreakers join the military will make our nation stronger and better. Spoken like a true American-hating leftist," complained Franes.
"The U.S. military is a professional organization. Durbin treats it like it's a dumping ground for losers, misfits and criminals," he added.
Democrats in Congress have been debating the idea of adding an amendment into the annual defense policy bill that gives green cards to illegal aliens who enlist in one of the branches of the military. The Armed Services Committee is meeting on Tuesday to come up with their proposed 2015 National Defense Authorization Act, and some observers believe the Democrats and some Republicans will sneak an amendment into that legislation which would receive the blessings of President Barack Obama.
Another former Marine-turned-cop, Michael Snopes, is puzzled as to how these illegal aliens will be screened prior to being allowed to serve. "How will the Pentagon make certain there won't be jihadists, spies, hardened criminals and other undesirables enlisting and being given access to weapons, confidential information, classified documents and other items?"
"Service in the military is an honor, not a punishment to endure before being given a 'green card,'" he added.
Meanwhile in the House, Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Calif., who has been labeled a RINO (Republican in Name Only) by conservative in the GOP, had said he plans to add his version of an ENLIST Act as an amendment to the defense budget bill being considered in the House of Representative. However, Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., claims he will block such amendments from going to the committee for a vote.
Ever the crafty politician, Durbin told reporters, "Just last [week], the House Republican Majority Leader announced that he will block a vote on an amendment that a fellow Republican wanted to offer to simply allow Dreamers to enlist in the armed forces."
Durbin is remembered by many in the military, intelligence and law enforcement communities responding to an alleged confidential FBI report, according to a Fox News story, when he said on the floor of the Senate in 2005:
"If I read this to you and did not tell you that it was an FBI agent describing what Americans had done to prisoners in their control, you would most certainly believe this must have been done by Nazis, Soviets in their gulags or some mad regime — Pol Pot or others — that had no concern for human beings," Durbin said.
"I'm worried that the future pool of recruits may not be able to maintain the elite standards that we've established," Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Colo., a former Army soldier and Marine Corps officer, told the Military.com website's Byrant Jordan.
"Factors such as an improving economy, cultural changes, and how a generation views the military service, or when our nation is engaged in conflicts that, quite frankly, lack popular support – all these factors can contribute to the numbers of qualified applicants applying to be in our military," Coffman said.