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Require military service from illegal immigrants

I have a proposal to satisfy both President Obama’s wish to have illegal immigrants become citizens, and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s wish to have taxpayers help fund illegal immigrants’ education.

All they would be required to do is what my daughter did voluntarily. Join the Army at 17, spend a total of three years there, one of them in Afghanistan, and receive an honorable discharge. At that time, they would become citizens. It would only take three years and they would receive money to help pay for their education.

I don’t see how anybody on either side of the argument would have a problem with that. Then again, we can’t ask them to put their lives on the line for their country, can we?

Douglas Kohl

Orchard Park