When legal immigrants seek American citizenship through the naturalization process, they take an Oath of Allegiance.
But now, President Barack Obama is using his executive power to change that!
Now, legal immigrants will be asked to skip a part of the Oath of Allegiance, where they pledge to keep America safe.
As former Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-CO) reports, the line that immigrants must no longer pledge is to “bear arms on behalf of the United States.”
In addition, they do not have to cite religious beliefs specifically that prohibit them from active military summer.
This was enacted last Summer, but the rule is going into effect and Congress has not acted to stop it.
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, 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.
This radical change was announced a year ago, in July of 2015. Congress did not enact the change in new legislation. There was no congressional debate, no filibuster in the US Senate, and no sit-in in the House to demand that a bill to repeal the USCIS action be brought to a vote.
No, this radical change was implemented while Congress slept. Like other Obama actions to undermine our immigration laws, the Republican-controlled Congress has not used its constitutional powers to reverse the administrative action. Thank God many states are stepping up to fill that void.