This is a situation President Trump needs to revisit immediately.
His entire immigration legislation was signed into law using an executive order.
It’s time he modify it.
US President Donald Trump said he was open to the idea of allowing deported veterans to return.
It was very difficult to transition, the first couple months,” said Hector Barajas, a former U.S. Army paratrooper, who was deported to Mexico in 2010 and calls the apartment home.
He said when he first landed back to Mexico – a country he had little connection to since he left as a child in the 1980s - there was no network of veterans and no offices to help get him on his feet.
He started reaching out to other veterans and soon turned his home into a shelter for deported veterans in Tijuana, many of whom needed help with even the most basic things as they adjusted to an unfamiliar city.
“That’s part of our job here: to make it easier for the men to find work, helping them find their IDs, where to go get their driver’s license,” said Barajas. “It’s difficult when you don’t really have anyone to help you out with that.”
He said he’s been in touch with nearly 60 deported veterans since October.
As the numbers clearly show in the numbers below, this is not an insignificant number of veteran lives and their extended families being affected.
According to the Chicago Tribune, Roughly 18,700 legal permanent migrant residents are in the U.S. armed forces, and about 5,000 join every year, according to the Department of Defense.
More than 109,000 service men and women had become citizens by the end of 2015, according to statistics from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
It’s unclear how many veterans have been deported. The American Civil Liberties Union estimates hundreds, but Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials say they don’t keep track of that data. An agency spokeswoman said officials do consider military service a “positive factor” during deportation proceedings. (Source)
If a veteran has served our country honorably and was discharged as such, should a dui, marijuana in fraction, or other misdemeanors prevent them from living in America?
Of course, those who may have committed rape, assault or other felonies must be considered differently.
On May 26, 2017, Congressman Juan Vargas (CA-51) reintroduced a bill package that will prevent veterans from being deported and help veterans that have been deported get access to the medical service they deserve. (Source)
The Immigrant Veterans Eligibility Tracking System (I-VETS) Act of 2017, Healthcare Opportunities for Patriots in Exile (HOPE) Act of 2017, and Naturalization at Training Sites (NATS) Act of 2017 are part of this legislative package.
I came across this the other day while I was roaming the internet. I hadn’t heard about it before, I thought if a immigrant served honorably in the Military they were granted citizenship.
Who among us, (Talking to Veterans now) finding it difficult to adjust back into the world when they got out didn’t have some sort of problem or run in with the law?
I know I did and I was a “Cold War ” vet, didn’t see any combat.
I got a DUI and spent a little time in the county on another occasion but charges had to be dropped due to an illegal search.
I know there’s probably a lot of vet’s that didn’t have any problems but there’s an awful lot that do.
Personally, I think no expense or time should be spared to look at each case individually.
Unless of course it’s a no brainer and the veteran is an absolute degenerate and violent criminal.
Even still though that veteran deserves at the very least a full investigation that includes in my opinion a Psychiatric eval to see if he or she has PTSD or something that would prevent them from being a good citizen.
And if they do have PTSD or some other disorder or inability to adjust to civilian life do to Military service it should be taken care of.
The “Nanny State” or government already spends and wastes so much on freebies and fraud there should be no problem what so ever helping a veteran.
Anyone that knows me knows I’m totally against “Illegal Immigration” and believe it should be done right by going through the process and assimilating.
I protested and got interviewed ( not so favorably of course) by the Press Enterprise in my city when the legislators were considering an Immigration change for the city.
It was me and I think two or three more compared to about fifty supporters of the legislation.
I also support building the wall.
Anyways, that’s my two cents. Check out these stories and share your thought’s if you can, would really like to hear what others have to say on the subject.
Part one, excerpts from the article. “Army veteran Mario Martinez spent six years of his life fighting for the United States.
Now, he’s fighting for the right to keep living here.
See the entire article below.