WWII vet discovers he’s not a U.S. citizen

Leeland Davidson. He served his county but it didn't give him citizenship (KOMO News)

Leeland Davidson served his county in World War II but the 95-year-old vet discovered recently that even though he was born to American parents he is not considered a U.S. citizen.

Davidson was born in Canada in 1916 but his parents did not register his birth with the U.S. government. Yet he was allowed the join the U.S. Navy and fight for this country in World War II and draws Social Security.

Davidson says he checked on his citizenship with the U.S. Department of Labor Immigration and Naturalization Service before joining the Navy and was told he “had nothing to worry about.”  But when he recently applied for an enhanced driver’s license needed to travel to Canada to visit relatives he was rejected because he wasn’t a U.S. citizen.

“We always figured because he was born to U.S. parents he’s automatically a U.S. citizen,” Rose Schoolcraft, Davidson’s daughter, told KOMO4 News.

She says the family has tried to talk Davidson out of pursuing the situation because the local passport office said he could be deported or lose his Social Security if he raises too much of a ruckus.

“We keep telling him, leave it alone, leave it alone, and he won’t, like a dog with a bone,” Schoolcraft said in an interview with the Centralia Chronicle.

But the 95-year-old Davidson says he wants to die a U.S. citizen and he still wants to visit his family and friends in Canada.  Sen. Patty Murray is trying to help him secure that valued citizenship.

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4 Responses to "WWII vet discovers he’s not a U.S. citizen"

  1. SDRSr  March 25, 2011 at 8:37 am

    Come on Congress, do something besides switching thumbs. Make this man a Citizen, we owe him. As we owe every person that serves in the US Military, in combat. He and they deserve US Citizenship. Hell, double hell, they have earned it!

  2. Carl Nemo  March 25, 2011 at 8:53 am

    Poor guy. He’s 95 an no doubt has been through alot in his life as most of us. You’d think with age would come wisdom and he wouldn’t become so rattled about this nonsense. Canada was our ally during WWII, but he fought under the American flag and with that comes honor for his duty to our country and its allies. In addition, serving honorably in our military is a passport to U.S. citizenship.

    This also proves how stupid and intransigent our government has become under Homeland Security’s, new passport, drivers license rules to enter and exit Canada. You can enter and exit Canada with an enhanced license via a vehicle, but now need a passport to do so by air. Predicated on his age and service to our nation, you’d think an ‘intelligent’ supervisor within the DMV would work on getting him a waiver.

    His family even fears deportation of a 95 year old US Navy war veteran to Canada an ally of the U.S. If this were to happen, although unlikely, it would represent the nadir of how corrupt and intransigent our NWO police state will have become. I’m condifent Senator Murray will help him in this situation, but the ultimate question is why should a U.S. Senator have to become involved? It just demonstrates how stupid byzantine bureaucracy has become in this country.

    He’d probaby have better luck applying for a passport and using such at the border in lieu of the so-called enhanced license.

    Carl Nemo **==

  3. woody188  March 25, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    Is it really threatening to deport to Canada?

  4. b mcclellan  March 25, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    Any bets the IRS, DOD, SSA, VA and all the alphabet agencies where this man may have been receiving benefits from won’t surely take a look at the books to see if they can recoup any money paid ? Hack..

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