My father entered the United States illegally in the late 1900s. He then served six years as an Army M.P., mostly in the Philippine Islands and got his first honorable discharge. He married my mother (a citizen), fathered me, and began a quest for citizenship. Meanwhile, he served two more years in the Army in Alaska and received his second honorable discharge — still no citizenship. (Apparently, the Army wasn’t fussy about citizenship during the two world wars during which he served.)

He did become a citizen after learning the English language, studying American history and politics, and had an attorney on retainer working on his citizenship case.

Our family never asked for nor received any type of welfare, as my father always supported us, nor would have accepted any help.

When I was 12 years old, he finally became a U.S. citizen after a very lengthy struggle.

What has happened that people think it should be the right thing to hand over citizenship, welfare and health care to folks who don’t even bother to learn our language or the background of our country?