How America's broken immigration system is failing the military

Letting legal immigrants into our nation's army would give them a path to citizenship — and boost sputtering recruitment numbers

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America's hopelessly gridlocked immigration system is undermining more than our national economy — it's also knee-capping our national security.

The reason behind these twin failures is the same: the Rushmore-sized obstacles our immigration system creates in the recruitment of qualified foreigners. But when it comes to military recruitment, the irony is that while previous presidents have used their statutory authority to draft immigrants against their will, President Obama hasn't used his to recruit even willing immigrants, something he could change via the executive initiative on immigration he's planning to unveil soon.

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