If Osama bin Laden snuck into our country illegally,
bought fake immigration papers, and changed his name to
Osmundo Ben Ladeño, could he
join the U.S. military?
Last week, the Army announced that Pvt. Juan
Escalante, a 19-year-old
from Mexico who had used a $50 bogus
green card to enlist, would be
allowed to remain
in the armed forces.
Wait, there`s even more good news for ID fakers
infiltrate the military
: Thanks to President Bush`s
executive order allowing
to obtain expedited
naturalization benefits, Escalante—an admitted, two-time
—will be rewarded with American
citizenship. Army officials at
Fort Stewart, Ga
., have promised to actively assist
Escalante in securing legal status.
An estimated 10,000 non-citizens in uniform have now
applied for fast-track citizenship. The pander bears at
the Pentagon have no idea how many are illegal aliens who
used fake papers to enlist.
Be all that you can be, be whoever you say you want
to be, and an Army paycheck is yours.
Isn`t there a
against knowingly hiring illegal aliens?
Why, yes, there is. United States Code, Title 8,
Chapter 12, Subchapter II, Part VIII,
states unambiguously: "It is
unlawful for a person or other entity to hire, or to
recruit…for employment in the United States an alien
knowing the alien is an unauthorized alien."
same section of the law also makes clear that any person
"knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that an
alien has come to, entered, or remains in the United
States in violation of law"
alien in any place"
shall be "fined"
And, hey, isn`t there something in the U.S. Military
Oath of Office mandating that all personnel inducted in
the armed forces
respect our laws?
Why, yes, there is. U.S. Code, Title 10, Subtitle A,
Part II, Chapter 31,
requires inductees to swear an oath to
"support and defend the Constitution of the United
The military oath also requires enlistees
to abide by the Uniform Code of Military Justice, which,
under Subchapter X,
, makes fraudulent enlistment by any
person who "procures his
own enlistment or appointment in the armed forces by
knowingly false representation"
punishable by court-martial.
And, wait, isn`t the
Department of Homeland Security
trying to root out
and deport illegal aliens using fake IDs to work on
Why, yes, it is. This
February, the Bureau of Immigration and Customs
Enforcement (BICE) arrested
37 illegal aliens at Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne,
Wyoming—many of whom had used fake papers to gain
employment and access to the
headquarters of the nation`s largest arsenal of
intercontinental nuclear missiles
. In July, another
group of illegal aliens with fake Social Security
arrested at Fort Dix and McGuire Air Force
New Jersey. Last month, BICE arrested 14 more illegal
employed by a San Diego Navy contractor
. They use
fake green cards and Social Security numbers to get jobs
with repairing military ships. Four more illegal aliens
last month at Grand Forks (S.D.) Air Force
Base. Two were charged with possessing
counterfeit immigration documents.
The other two are
None of those arrested in
the illegal-alien sweeps at our military facilities has
been tied to
But the point being driven home
by BICE is that if "well-meaning"
outlaws can penetrate our bases, so can far more
nefarious con artists from abroad.
If homeland defense
experts understand that employing illegal aliens who
used false ID to get contracting jobs at military
installations is an obvious national security concern,
then why can`t the Pentagon see that allowing them to
join the ranks is even more threatening to our laws,
(And what does it say about the
competence of Army
when they can`t identify a
cheap fake green card
from a real one? It`s not like
Pvt. Escalante was applying for a job at
One of Defense Secretary
is: "If you foul up, tell the
president and correct it fast."
Well, hurry up, Mr.
Rumsfeld. This P.C. insanity at the Pentagon is killing
us softly from within.Michelle Malkin [email
her] is author of
Invasion: How America Still Welcomes Terrorists,
Criminals, and Other Foreign Menaces to Our Shores.
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