Representatives Coffman and Gutierrez Lead Letter on Possible Immigrant Recruitment Issue in U.S. Armed Services

Washington, DC–(ENEWSPF)–November 22, 2013.  Rep. Luis. V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) and Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO) gathered signatures from a bipartisan group of 31 House Members for a letter to the Secretaries of the Army, Navy and Air Force inquiring about an issue of military recruitment related to immigration status.  It has been reported in La Opinión and Fronteras Desk that recruiters are rejecting citizens and others who have undocumented dependents as a matter of policy.  The letter expresses strong concerns about this policy. 

“Service in the U.S. military is the highest duty one can perform for the country, so I am very concerned about the possible exclusionary enlistment policies currently being implemented by our armed service branches,” said Coffman.

“There is no reason I can think of why any branch of the military should restrict the military service of individuals based on the immigration status of someone else in their family.  None.  I want to know where this is happening, why and what is being done to fix it?” said Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL), who is Chairman of the Immigration Task Force of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and sits on the Judiciary Committee.

The letter to the Secretary of the Army, the Acting Secretary of the Air Force, and the Secretary of the Navy, can be found here.