Obama’s 18.7 Illegal Immigrants Are Not Required to Recite American Oath

The Obama administration’s expansive interpretation of executive authority has now enabled illegal immigrants seeking citizenship to be exempt from a key part of the Oath of Allegiance.

Immigrants seeking to become citizens no longer have to pledge to “bear arms on behalf of the United States.” They are allowed to opt out of that part of the Oath. Nor do they have to cite any specific religious belief forbidding them to perform military service.  

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. President Obama simply made it a decision on his own executive merit.

According to the Naturalization Fact Sheet on the US Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) website, n the fiscal year ending June 30, 2015, the nation welcomed 729,995 Legal Permanent Residents into full citizenship.



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