How stupid the United States can be.
Wouldn’t Miguel, in revenge, divulge all that he knows about the United State’s military secrets, and what the did and do and possibly will do? He will most likely publish the most damning book that will be translated to all the languages of the world – and nothing is more of a threat to National Security than that.
This military man had been in this god forsaken country since he was 8 years old for heaven sake. Mexico is a foreign country to him, yet he will be welcomed with an open arms simply because of what he knows about the US military. This untrustworthy United States of America is certifiably insane.
Miguel Perez Jnr, who has lived in the US since he was eight years old, says his life will be in danger if he is deported back to Mexico.
A US Army veteran who served two tours of Afghanistan could be deported from America as soon as this week after a federal court denied his appeal to remain in the country, his lawyer has said.
Miguel Perez Jnr, 39, a green-card holder and Chicago resident who recently finished a prison term on a drug conviction, told the court that his life would be in danger if he were deported to Mexico, where he has not lived since age 8.
A three-judge panel for the 7th US Circuit Court of Appeals rejected that argument last week.
Perez’s lawyer, Chris Bergin, said the case highlights hypocrisy in how the country treats some American military service members.
“If you’re going to put your hand on your hearts every time at a game, you’re going to say thank you for your service and wear American flag lapel pins and you’re going to criticise football players for taking a knee during the national anthem, it seems that’s all superficial and false patriotism if you’re not caring about an actual military veteran,” Bergin said.
In a statement, Perez’s supporters said Monday the ruling has left his family “distraught.”
“From the beginning, Miguel has fought his deportation, not only for himself, but in solidarity with other green card veterans who have been or who are now facing deportation after having served their country in combat,” they said.
Perez, who has two children who are US citizens, is one of many legal permanent residents who served in the US military then confronted the possibility of deportation to their native countries after committing a crime.
Perez said he mistakenly thought he became a US citizen when he took an oath to protect the nation. After his military service, Perez sought treatment at the Veterans Affairs hospital in Maywood, where doctors diagnosed him with post-traumatic stress disorder. He was supposed to return for more tests to determine whether he also had a traumatic brain injury.
In the meantime, he reconnected with a childhood friend who provided free drugs and alcohol. On November 26, 2008, while with that friend, Perez handed a laptop case containing cocaine to an undercover officer. Perez pleaded guilty to the drug charge and served half of a 15-year prison sentence.
While Perez was convicted of delivering less than 100 grams of cocaine, prosecutors have said he was arrested for delivering much more and received a reduced sentence after a plea deal.
Prosecutors also pointed out that Perez was given a general discharge from the military after a drug infraction.
Perez said he discovered the citizenship oversight when he was summoned to immigration court shortly before his September 2016 release from Hill Correctional Center in Galesburg.
Instead of heading home to Chicago from prison, Perez was placed in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement and transferred to a Wisconsin detention centre for immigrants awaiting deportation.
When legal residents or people who are here illegally commit crimes, ICE’s standard protocol is to let them serve most of their sentence for the crime in the US, then deport them.
Roughly 18,700 legal permanent residents are in the US armed forces, and about 5,000 join every year, according to the Department of Defense.
After oral arguments to the appeal court panel this month, Perez’s mother, Esperanza, fought back tears. In Spanish, she said she could not bear hearing her son’s fate discussed in such callous terms.
“He defended this country, and the same system wants to throw him away like garbage,” she said through a translator. “It’s so sad for me to think if they send him back to Mexico he’d be just another statistic.”
In court, Perez cited the United Nations Convention against Torture, a protection that resembles asylum. Under that international provision, the US agrees not to deport people who are not American citizens or nationals to another country where they could face imminent danger.