Today, LULAC National Executive Director, Brent Wilkes, issued the following statement in response to the passage of the anti-immigrant amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) offered by U.S. House Representative Mo Brooks.
“We are disappointed with the passage of the amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) offered by Congressman Brooks which stripped language encouraging the Pentagon to consider allowing DREAMers with work permits to serve in the military. The passage of the amendment does a disservice to our nation by prohibiting a class of patriotic Americans from serving their country. Congress should instead be focusing on developing ways to encourage and properly support all the brave men and women who want to serve their country. Members of Congress who voted to strip this provision need to be reminded that serving our nation is an honor all Americans value – including those in the immigrant community.”