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LETTER: Defense Secretary Gates Supports DREAM Act for “Military Readiness”

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Secretary of Defense Robert Gates sent a letter to Senator Richard Durbin (CC: Sen. Carl Levin and Sen John McCain), laying out his support for the DREAM Act. Secretary Gates says, in part:

“There is a rich precedent supporting the service of non-citizens in the U.S. military. Since the Revolutionary War, non-citizens have enlisted in the armed forces for service during periods of national emergency. Today, about 35,000 non-citizens serve, and about 8,000 permanent resident aliens enllist every year. The DREAM Act represents an opportunity to expand this pool, to the advantage of military recruitment and readiness.”

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