Secret Order Allows Immigrants to Opt Out of Defending America

By Cathy Burke   |   Sunday, 26 Jun 2016 01:37 PM

Ex-Rep. Tom Tancredo is blasting a "radical" Obama administration order allowing immigrants to opt out of a promise to defend America when they take an Oath of Allegiance to become naturalized citizens.

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced the changes July 21, 2015 – and Congress did nothing to stop it, the former Colorado lawmaker charges in a column for 

"A candidate may be eligible to exclude these two clauses based on religious training and belief or a conscientious objection," it instructs.

Tancredo was livid about the change.

"The pledge to help defend America was good enough for the 6.6 million immigrants naturalized since 2005, and good enough for the over 15 million naturalized since 1980," he writes for Breitbart, citing figures from the USCIS.

"But Obama’s appointees at the USCIS think that is too much to ask of the 18.7 million estimated legal immigrants eligible today for eventual naturalization or the 750,000 who will be naturalized in the coming year."

He also charged Congress sat idly by while the change went into effect.

"This radical change was implemented while Congress slept," he writes. "Like other Obama actions to undermine our immigration laws, the Republican-controlled Congress has not used its constitutional powers to reverse the administrative action."

"Most Americans will think it extremely odd that the USCIS action with regard to the Oath of Allegiance is not illegal," he adds. 

"But the fact is, unelected bureaucrats at the USCIS can change the wording of the Oath without approval of the people’s representatives in Congress. Strange as it sounds, the law as it stands today allows USCIS bureaucrats great leeway in managing the Naturalization process, so Obama’s actions will not be challenged in federal court."

"If they won’t even bar Islamic terrorists from the refugee program, why should we expect them to protect the Oath of Allegiance?" he writes. 


This is getting more and more absurd.  It's almost surreal.   Immigrants can come here - even illegally.  They can get certain government benefits, free education, and housing assistance.  They don't have to learn English if they don't want to.  Now, should they ever restart the draft, they don't have to be drafted if the choose to "opt out".  Yet everyone of us between the ages of 18 - 25 will be eligible for the draft should it ever be needed again.  Our young people can't opt out.  

Even women will be drafted if needed.  The government said now that women are eligible for combat, they are eligible for the draft as well.  In all fairness, they did that one to themselves.  You can't have it both ways.  Either women are not eligible for combat and the draft, or they are eligible for both.  Fair is fair.  Why should the guys have to suffer the draft and nor women?

I say we should have universal military service for both men and women.  Also, any kid who flunks or drops out of high school should automatically be drafted.  Living with a threat like that would certainly keep the so-called "at risk" kids in school.

As a retired teacher I can say that most kids need a good swift kick in the ass every now and again to keep them on task.  How often and how hard vary from kid to kid, but most need it sometimes.  I worked with these kinds of kids so I know first hand  that what they need is proper guidance, reassurance, special educational, and a kick in the ass when necessary.

Dan 88!