With no discussion, no debate and no vote by Congress, Barack Obama unilaterally allowed immigrants to avoid the pledge to defend the country if called upon in the citizenship oath.
The executive order allows potential citizens to opt out of the part of the oath where they pledge to “bear arms on behalf of the United States.”
In the past, they could opt-out of this part of the pledge, but only if they had a religious objection to performing military service. Now, anybody can opt out.
Here is the oath, with the “omittable” part in bold:
I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty, of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen; that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I will bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform noncombatant service in the Armed Forces of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform work of national importance under civilian direction when required by the law; and that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; so help me God.
The decision was made one year ago and is about to take effect – they claim the offered a year of “feedback” for “guidance” on the new oath, but – shocker – they didn’t change a thing.
According to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services, there are 18.7 million immigrants who will eventually be eligible to become U.S. citizens and 8.8 million have met the five-year residency requirement and are eligible to become citizens now, Breitbart is reporting.
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.