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File #: Res 0929-2015    Version: * Name: ENLIST Act (H.R. 1989)
Type: Resolution Status: Filed (End of Session)
Committee: Committee on Immigration
On agenda: 12/16/2015
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: Resolution calling on the U.S. Congress to pass and the President to sign H.R. 1989 or the "ENLIST Act," which would allow undocumented immigrants to enlist in the Armed Forces and provide a mechanism by which such individuals may be lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence.
Sponsors: Fernando Cabrera , Darlene Mealy, Eric A. Ulrich
Council Member Sponsors: 3
Attachments: 1. December 16, 2015 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files
Date Ver.Prime SponsorAction ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsMultimedia
12/31/2017*Fernando Cabrera City Council Filed (End of Session)  Action details Meeting details Not available
12/16/2015*Fernando Cabrera City Council Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
12/16/2015*Fernando Cabrera City Council Introduced by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available

Res. No. 929

 

Resolution calling on the U.S. Congress to pass and the President to sign H.R. 1989 or the “ENLIST Act,” which would allow undocumented immigrants to enlist in the Armed Forces and provide a mechanism by which such individuals may be lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence.

 

By Council Members Cabrera, Mealy and Ulrich

Whereas, At this time, the United States Army has allowed 46 individuals who qualify for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to enlist; and

Whereas, While these individuals have been allowed to enlist in the army, at this time there is no program or policy in place that serves as a path to permanent residence for them; and

Whereas, These DACA recipients, also known as “Dreamers” were brought to the United States as children and voluntarily chose to serve in the U.S. military; and

Whereas, To address this inequity, on April 23, 2015, U.S. Representative Jeff Denham introduced H.R. 1989, or the “Encourage New Legalized Immigrants to Start Training Act” or “ENLIST Act”; and

Whereas, H.R. 1989 would allow undocumented immigrants who meet the following criteria to enlist in the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard: 1) arrived  in the United States before December 31, 2011 and have been continuously present since then, (2) were younger than 15 years of age when they initially entered the United States and (3) are otherwise eligible for original enlistment; and

Whereas, H.R. 1989 would require that any undocumented immigrant serve out the term of his/her term enlistment contract in order to receive legal permanent resident status; and

Whereas, Under H.R. 1989, if an undocumented immigrant does not serve the full term of their enlistment or is dishonorably discharged, then he/she could not obtain legal permanent resident status; and

Whereas, H.R. 1989 would allow undocumented immigrants to apply to serve in the military but does not guarantee they will be accepted and maintains enlistment at the sole discretion of the respective military branches; and

Whereas, Individuals who voluntarily put their lives on the line defending the United States should be allowed to earn legal status with the completion of their honorable service; now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the Council of the City of New York calls on the U.S. Congress to pass and the President to sign H.R. 1989 or the “ENLIST Act,” which would allow undocumented immigrants to enlist in the Armed Forces and provide a mechanism by which such individuals may be lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence.


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11/13/2015

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