Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens favors citizenship for anybody who serves in the U.S. military. He’s right.
We could never understand the drafting of young men to serve in the military who were not citizens. It has been a practice and Congress should create a process under which they would be granted citizenship. It should include immigrants who entered the country as children.
Gov. Greitens said it’s important for Congress to act after President Donald Trump moved to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which allows people who entered the country as children to avoid deportation and obtain work permits. The governor pointed out it’s important to make distinctions between violent felons and children who were brought here by others and grew up in America.
If a noncitizen is drafted, or enlists, in the military and is willing to fight for the U.S., certainly he or she should be granted citizenship, perhaps after taking some citizenship courses.
In the past, in World War II and the Korean War, and in other wars, noncitizens served, often with distinction. Their foreign languages often were put to special use as interpreters, or other intelligence uses. There also were entire units composed of noncitizens, such as men from Puerto Rico.
If a noncitizen is asked to put his life on the line for the U.S., this country should grant citizenship.