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Can citizenship rights be removed? This soldier is facing deportation, and he's a citizen!

Posted by on Mar. 20, 2017 at 1:34 PM
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JUDGE ORDERS CHICAGO ARMY VETERAN DEPORTED TO MEXICO


An Army veteran who served two tours of duty in Afghanistan will be deported to Mexico, a judge ruled last week.

On Sunday morning, family and supporters of Army Private 1st class Miguel Perez, Jr., who was born in Mexico and grew up in Chicago, gathered at a Pilsen church.

"My son fought for this country, not for Mexico," said his mother Esperanza Medina.

Perez's parents said it's unfair that their son, who legally came to the U.S. at age 8 and fought for his country, may not be able to call the U.S. home.

Perez, 38, was a legal permanent resident when he joined the Army and said he thought he became a legal U.S. citizen when he enlisted. However, that was not the case.


About four years after leaving the military, Perez served prison time for a felony drug offense which sparked the deportation proceedings.

A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office spokesperson said Perez was targeted for removal only after being convicted of a felony for selling drugs, after he left the Army in 2010.

For years, the Perez family has been fighting back against his deportation, saying if Perez returns to Mexico his life could be in danger.

Last week, a judge also denied the torture claim, said his attorney Chris Bergin.

So what's next?

Perez's attorney appealed the judge's ruling and reached out to U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth, both Illinois Democrats, asking to give Perez retroactive citizenship starting on the day he first served his country in the Army.

Perez is still being held in ICE custody.

Veteran fighting deportation after 2 tours in Afghanistan
by on Mar. 20, 2017 at 1:34 PM
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bmw29
by Member on Mar. 20, 2017 at 1:37 PM
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It says he thought he was a legal U.S. citizen. Apparently he was wrong.
SuG4
by Platinum Member on Mar. 20, 2017 at 1:44 PM
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That's messed up!! They used him to fight for them, now he's gonna get kicked out????? Okay..,, right wing!!!! C'mon!!! Please holla "FAKE news "!!!!!
numbr1wmn
by Nikki on Mar. 20, 2017 at 1:46 PM
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FIrst of all he clearly wasn't legal. I do believe they need to make an adjustment for someone like him. However seems like his parent may be illegal and this would be their fault and they took advantage of the system.

FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Mar. 20, 2017 at 1:52 PM
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If I remember correctly, you do not automatically become a US Citizen upon joining the military. 

Yes, he fought for this Country but he also made the choice to sell drugs.  Regardless of the circumstances, I don't know how much sympathy I hold for drug dealers.

I'm not sure if he should be deported or not, honestly, but the issues he is facing he brought on himself.

Mrs.KAZ
by Silver Member on Mar. 20, 2017 at 1:52 PM
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If he is a legal permenant resident, he has a green card, and is not a citizen. My mother is a legal permenant resident in the US, she has a green card, and is not a US citizen. Her citizenship is still Canadian.

A person with a green card can be deported if they are convicted of certain felonies. They are not citizens, so the green card can be revoked.
4ofSpades
by Silver Member on Mar. 20, 2017 at 2:03 PM
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Clarity! Thanks! I don't know the intricacies of permanent residents and citizens.

Quoting Mrs.KAZ: If he is a legal permenant resident, he has a green card, and is not a citizen. My mother is a legal permenant resident in the US, she has a green card, and is not a US citizen. Her citizenship is still Canadian. A person with a green card can be deported if they are convicted of certain felonies. They are not citizens, so the green card can be revoked.


4ofSpades
by Silver Member on Mar. 20, 2017 at 2:05 PM

I would like to think it would be fair to give privilege to those who served in our military, even if they break the law. 

I also wonder if he will be able to petition for citizenship if he is found guilty of a felony. What if he isn't prosecuted and deported?

Quoting numbr1wmn:

FIrst of all he clearly wasn't legal. I do believe they need to make an adjustment for someone like him. However seems like his parent may be illegal and this would be their fault and they took advantage of the system.


LuLu1001
by on Mar. 20, 2017 at 2:08 PM
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 He is not a US Citizen.  He broke the law.  His serving in our armed forces doesn't change either of those facts.  If is unfortunate for him, but he made bad choices.  

FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Mar. 20, 2017 at 2:12 PM
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Quoting 4ofSpades:

I would like to think it would be fair to give privilege to those who served in our military, even if they break the law. 

I also wonder if he will be able to petition for citizenship if he is found guilty of a felony. What if he isn't prosecuted and deported?

Quoting numbr1wmn:

FIrst of all he clearly wasn't legal. I do believe they need to make an adjustment for someone like him. However seems like his parent may be illegal and this would be their fault and they took advantage of the system.

I don't agree with giving privilege to someone simply based on their military service.  

lipsis
by Member on Mar. 20, 2017 at 2:16 PM
He was legal. A permanent resident is a legal resident, albeit not a citizen.

Quoting numbr1wmn:

FIrst of all he clearly wasn't legal. I do believe they need to make an adjustment for someone like him. However seems like his parent may be illegal and this would be their fault and they took advantage of the system.

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