More than a quarter-century ago, this columnist (then a fresh-faced second lieutenant of infantry) was assigned to a basic training company. Among the drill sergeants of E Company were several who were not citizens of our republic.
One in particular, who provided steady guidance to that young officer, displayed an unabashed patriotism that was largely out of favor at the time.
Each morning and evening as the flag was hoisted and lowered, he made a point to stand outside and salute the colors. This was a small thing beside the grandly patriotic service he provided, but over the years that gesture remains with me. My experiences make it a struggle to write dispassionately about immigration policy.
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