Congress is debating whether illegal immigrants should lawfully be allowed into the military. Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Ariz., inserted a provision in the 2016 defense budget to encourage the enlistment of qualified illegal immigrants. Debate on the bill is scheduled for next week, and some House members would like to see the provision stripped–including Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, and Rep.

Mo Brooks, R-Ala. King is expected to introduce an amendment to do so. The admission of illegal immigrants who qualify for DACA could help pave the way for them being recruited under the Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest program (MAVNI), established to allow legal immigrants into the armed forces. The Army established the program to admit those with medical training or critical language skills deemed vital to national security. FULL REPORT