Somos Republicans DREAM Act Letter to Southwestern Republican Senators

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I just received this in my inbox from DeeDee Blase the founder of Somos Republicans:

19 September 2010

The Honorable John McCain
241 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington DC 20510

The Honorable Jon Kyl
730 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington DC 20510
The Honorable Kay Bailey Hutchison
284 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-5922

The Honorable John Cornyn
517 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-2934

The Honorable John Ensign
119 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-6244

The Honorable Tom Coburn
172 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-5754

The Honorable James Inhofe
453 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-4721

The Honorable Orrin Hatch
104 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
(202) 224-5251

The Honorable Robert Bennett
431 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-5444

SUBJECT: The DREAM Act and the Defense Department Strategic Plan for fiscal years 2010-2012

Dear Senators:

I write this letter with a sense of urgency to all southwestern Republican Senators in the United States.  As a veteran and a Hispanic leader of one of the fastest growing conservative organizations in the southwestern United States, I urge all Republican Senators to pass this portion of the DREAM Act and the Department of Defense Amendment which will allow the undocumented to join the Armed Forces to be on a path towards American citizenship if they serve our country honorably.  I am writing this letter to you because you are a Republican Senator either representing the people of, or very near to the southwestern states.  Our country is encountering rapid Hispanic population growth, and we believe that the political decisions made today will come with momentous political consequences later.

We all know that our world is becoming more dangerous, especially when we hear of countries like North Korea increasing their nuclear arsenals.  Consequently, we should always be in support of maintaining a top notch military, and we should strive to exceed all military goals with highly-qualified recruits.  The Rand Corporation has found that "Hispanic Youth are more likely than other groups to express a positive attitude toward the military," and military experts agree that the DREAM Act promises to enlarge dramatically the pool of highly-qualified recruits for the United States Armed Forces, and the Department of Defense has expressed support for the DREAM Act since the Bush administration.

In recent years, the Army has been forced to accept more applicants who are high school dropouts, have low scores on ASVAB, and have criminal backgrounds.  However, DREAM Act recruits would be highly-qualified high school graduates with good character.  Undersecretary of Defense, David Chu, testified that "there are an estimated 50,000 to 65,000 undocumented ... young adults who entered the U.S. at an early age and graduate from high school each year, many of whom are bright, energetic and potentially interested in military service."

As a female veteran and throughout my Air Force career, I met many citizens and non-citizens as I worked and trained with Marines, Army, Navy, and Civil authorities.  I had the opportunity to serve with fellow Latino soldiers that came from other countries, and they told me they joined the United States military so they could work towards American citizenship.

With unstable leaders in various countries around the world who wish to increase their nuclear arsenals, it would be wise for us to support the DREAM Act as it pertains to our DOD Strategic Plan goals.

Kind regards,

DeeDee Blase
Founder, Somos Republicans

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