Folks, when I read this story, I can truly say that I was, and am, at a loss for words. I sincerely love my Army, however, the only thought that comes to mind is Whiskey-Tango-Foxtrot:
As reported by the Military Times:
“U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has granted a reprieve to allow a Fort Bragg Army chaplain’s husband, who was facing imminent deportation, to remain in country, their attorney said Tuesday. Sergio Avila-Rodriguez, the husband of Chaplain Tim Brown, an Army officer, was taken into custody by ICE on May 10 and Brown was notified he was going to be deported to his native Honduras, North Carolina TV station WRAL reported. At the time ICE cited Avila-Rodriguez’s initial illegal entry at the age of 7 and a subsequent driving while intoxicated conviction in 2015 as reason for removal, it told WRAL in a statement. On Monday, however, ICE decided to release Avila-Rodriguez and allow him to continue residing in the United States under supervision while he and Brown work on getting him legal permanent residency, attorney Patrick Hatch said. The couple had pressed ICE that returning Avila-Rodriguez to Honduras would endanger his life due to his openly gay status, and the couple may still seek asylum for Avila-Rodriguez to remain in the U.S. permanently.
Another option would be to request the immigration courts to reopen Avila-Rodriguez initial deportation case and have the removal order terminated, which would allow the couple to apply for “parole in place,” another step toward legal permanent residency. At a press conference Tuesday that was broadcast on Brown’s Facebook page, the Fort Bragg chaplain was highly critical of what he called the “unfettered authority” of ICE. “When you run kind of fast and loose,” Brown said, “You make mistakes. And you slip up.” “You just did that with the wrong person. The wrong couple. We intend to fight. Not just for Sergio.” but the larger immigrant population as well, Brown said.”
First of all, let me set a record straight: when I married my dear wife, Angela, going on 29 years ago, she was a legal resident of the United States. Her dad was a retired career US Army Non-Commissioned Officer, a Master Sergeant, who had served two tours of duty in Vietnam as a combat infantryman. I will never forget the day in Kansas City when Angela was sworn in as an American citizen. See, that’s how you do it right!
And, as a commissioned Army officer, I took an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States, against all enemies foreign, and domestic, and to bear true faith and allegiance to the same.
I spent several years in my military career at Ft. Bragg, and someone needs to ask the good Chaplain, an Army officer, to whom did he take an oath? Chaplain Brown, you do not get to pick and choose when and where the rule of law applies, especially when it comes to your personal life. This whole episode is confusing and rather disconcerting. An Army officer married an illegal immigrant who is guilty of a DUI offense. There is no special treatment for Mr. Avila-Rodriguez. Furthermore, his sexual orientation shouldn’t be a factor in determining whether or not he should suffer the consequences of breaking our laws. Then again, the progressive, socialist, victim mentality saw a person guilty of treason, Bradley Manning, released due to having a mental condition of gender dysphoria.As a commissioned Army officer, I took an oath to support & defend the Constitution of the US, against all enemies foreign, & domestic, & to bear true faith & allegiance to the same. Click To Tweet
What the heck is happening in our military? The real question is: are Barack Obama and Ash Carter still in charge of policies for our military? Another key point: US Army Chaplain, commissioned officer, Tim Brown, just interjected himself into a political, ideological, issue. Members of our Military serve the Constitution, and are subject to the discipline, guidelines, and mandates of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. This statement made by Chaplain Brown should be cause for his reprimand, and disciplinary actions should be taken against him:
“At a press conference Tuesday that was broadcast on Brown’s Facebook page, the Fort Bragg chaplain was highly critical of what he called the “unfettered authority” of ICE. “When you run kind of fast and loose,” Brown said, “You make mistakes. And you slip up.” “You just did that with the wrong person. The wrong couple. We intend to fight. Not just for Sergio.” but the larger immigrant population as well, Brown said.”
You can bet that every civilian LGBT advocacy group will take up this case, as well as the ACLU. However, on a US military installation, uniformed members, and spouses, are subject to federal laws. This is now opening up an entirely new issue for our military: are illegal immigrant spouses who further break our laws immune from deportation? If that ends up being the case, then watch out.
Now, I know the liberal, progressive, leftists are just waiting for me to say something about an openly gay Army Chaplain. Well, that’s something between Chaplain Brown and our Heavenly Father on his Judgement Day. But I will say this: I continue to be amazed that in a 5-4 Supreme Court decision, those unelected judicial activists can declare same-sex marriage the law of the land, but our Second Amendment, nor our immigration laws, seem to have same application.
US Army Chaplain Tim Brown is acting in violation of the oath he took to our Constitution, our rule of law. If his relationship with Mr. Sergio Avila-Rodriguez is so important, then he should resign his commission and be a liberal, progressive, leftist, illegal immigration activist — not an Army officer. And, if he is so very concerned about Mr. Avila-Rodriguez’s safety, he can also move to Honduras, or seek residence elsewhere.
Once upon a time, my Army believed in “service above self,” and three simple words: Duty, Honor, and Country. I am sorry y’all, but marrying an illegal immigrant who breaks our laws is wrong. Chaplain Brown is severely confused, his fight is for our rule of law, not his own personal pleasure, and comfort.
Therefore, US Army Chaplain Tim Brown is the recipient of my FUBAR award.
During his 22 year career in the United States Army, Lieutenant Colonel West served in several combat zones and received many honors including a Bronze Star, three Meritorious Service Medals, three Army Commendation Medals, one with Valor device, and a Valorous Unit Award.
In November of 2010, Allen was elected to the United States Congress, representing Florida’s 22nd District.
West is a commissioned officer in the Texas State Guard. He’s Fox News Contributor, former Director of the Booker T. Washington Initiative at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, Senior Fellow at the Media Research Center, contributing columnist for Townhall.com, and author of Guardian of the Republic: An American Ronin’s Journey to Family, Faith and Freedom, and, Hold Texas, Hold the Nation: Victory or Death, and the forthcoming We Can Overcome.