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James Mackler on Homeland Security

 

 


Let immigrants serve in military, as they always have

70 years ago, President Harry Truman signed Executive Order 9981 to begin integrating our Armed Forces "without regard to race, color, religion or national origin." Immigrants have fought alongside fellow Americans in every conflict we've faced since before the founding of our nation. An immigrant officer is credited with professionalizing George Washington's Army at Valley Forge during the Revolutionary War. Today, because of President Truman's actions, the world's strongest fighting force is made up of volunteers with national origins from across the globe.

Earlier this month, "some immigrant U.S. Army reservists and recruits who enlisted in the military with a promised path to citizenship are being abruptly discharged."

Fighting in Iraq, I know we would not have been able to complete our missions without standing side by side with new Americans and those who hoped to fulfill that dream.

Source: Medium.com on 2020 Tennessee Senate race , Jul 26, 2018

Against privatization of VA

There are some that want to nearly privatize the VA--suggesting that the market will take care of America's veterans. James stands with the vast majority of veterans groups that believe that complete privatization of the VA is exactly the wrong approach to take. Under no circumstance would he put our veteran's care in the hands of corporations that prioritize profits over the unique needs of his brothers and sisters-in-arms.
Source: 2018 Tennessee Senatorial website JamesMackler.com , Oct 1, 2017

Allow transgender people to serve in the military

Pro-LGBT Tennesseans quickly blasted President Donald Trump's new position on prohibiting transgender people from serving in the military, calling it "not rational" and hypocritical for someone who skirted military service. Others defended the president's abrupt new policy announced on Twitter, saying it's his job alone to determine the makeup of the military.

James Mackler, a former Army helicopter pilot with the 101st Airborne Division and a Democratic U.S. Senate candidate, said such policies detract from mission readiness. "Having served in combat, I know we are better warfighters when we bring all of our assets to bear, and excluding entire classes of people without evidence that they do anything but strengthen our forces is shortsighted, counter productive, and undermines mission readiness," he said in a statement.

Source: The Tennessean on 2020 Tennessee Senate race , Jul 26, 2017

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