"Oh, the tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive" should be the opening sentence to Yvonne Holt's column ("Woman can't get aid without ID card she can't get, either," March 11, Page B-7). Although I feel great sympathy for the four innocent children, Holt's friend broke the law in coming to or staying in the United States and this is why she cannot get an ID or government aid.
The sense of entitlement not just from this woman, but from the columnist is what is bankrupting the government and stealing the services that were intended for the citizens who have paid into the system.
Ms. Holt, your friend is not stuck. She has two choices if she truly wants a better life for herself and her children: She can go back to the country she came from and complete the process of entering the United States legally, as so many other do. Or she can do as thousands of immigrants before her have done: Pull herself up by her bootstraps, become a contributing member of society and do whatever it takes to get there.