Army Veteran With A Green Faces Deportation After Getting Denied The U.S. Citizenship
39-year-old Miguel Perez was born in Mexico, but he moved to the United States legally when he was just 8 years old. A former U.S. soldier served two tours of duty in Afghanistan, was injured following the explosion, and was among many green card veterans in the country. But now, the man faces deportation.
Same year he was discharged, Miguel was convicted of a non-violent drug offense. For this, he served 7 years in prison. As his family says, the veteran was diagnosed with a post-traumatic stress disorder and didn’t receive proper care and treatment when he returned home.
Unfortunately, Perez joined the army before he could go through the citizenship process. His parents and children are the U.S. citizens. And they aim at fighting a deportation order, saying:
He's more American than most of us standing here, because he did pick up arms to defend this country.
They filed an appeal but, sadly, citizenship was denied. Perez is still in the ICE custody, but he doesn’t intend to give up.
How could YOU @realDonaldTrump deport a U.S. Army soldier (Miguel Perez Jr) Where he will be KILLED when entering Mexico! If YOU only knew how difficult it is to fight in battle (two tours in Afghanistan?) Some have PTSD and can't deal with the stress~ Please show mercy, Mr Prez?
— GTHT (@GTHTonWinfield) March 16, 2018
Miguel Perez was one of the first rounds of troops sent to Afghanistan after the September 11 attacks. Today he was denied citizenship because of a PTSD-induced drug conviction, for which he served his time. #MiguelBelongsHere
— Shiller Preyar - Civil Rights Attorneys (@ShillerPreyar) March 15, 2018
Unfortunately, his story is not the only one known in the United States. In 2016, it was reported that the group of veterans was deported to Mexico, and no one even knows how many former soldiers had to leave the country.