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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.