by Charles "Cully" Stimson
The Heritage Foundation
May 29, 2014
Commonsense immigration policy encourages lawful immigration and discourages illegal immigration, and those who obey the law and receive legal permanent resident status are to be commended for their willingness to serve in the armed forces. Once in the military, they can apply for expedited citizenship as long as they serve honorably for the requisite time. After a matter of months, they are granted U.S. citizenship, which they can retain as long as they are discharged honorably after five years of military service. But proposals like the ENLIST Act warp the structure of incentives to follow the law. This is not an issue of fairness, as some will claim, but an issue of respect for the rule of law. Congress should not provide near-instant citizenship to illegal immigrants—for any reason.

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