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  •  Deported Vets (15+ / 0-)

    WaPo: Deported veterans: Banished for committing crimes after serving in the U.S. military

    Milton Tepeyac, who served eight years as a U.S. Marine, scrapes by on $3 an hour in this northern Mexican city, where he has lived since the U.S. government deported him in April.

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    But then, with his business foundering in the 2008 recession, he was offered $1,000 to help with a drug deal that turned out to be a police sting. He was convicted of felony “possession of marijuana for sale” and was sentenced to four years in an Arizona prison. When he completed his time, he was deported from the country where he had lived since he was 3.

    “It was a stupid thing to do,” Tepeyac, 37, said of his crime. “I feel like I’m stuck in a perpetual nightmare. I can’t seem to adjust to this life. In the Marines, we have a motto that we never leave a man behind. I feel like I’ve been left behind.”

    •  Magnifico (5+ / 0-)

      I`m going to have to link into this before I have an opinion.

      "I feel like I`ve been left behind".

      Preliminarily, yeah you got left behind with the quick $1000.00 you hired on for.
      Tears are for stupid people.

      “It was a stupid thing to do,”

      I`m already against the next war.

      by Knucklehead on Fri Aug 23, 2013 at 09:27:06 PM PDT

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      •  Citizenship (6+ / 0-)

        According to the WaPo story, "Veterans are divided on this issue."

        “We hold all military veterans in high regard, but if following our nation’s laws is a requirement for any guest to remain in our country, then that’s the law,” said Joe Davis, a spokesman for the nation’s largest veterans group, the Veterans of Foreign Wars. “An honorable discharge is not a free pass.”
        If these vets had gotten citizenship for their service, however, then they wouldn't haven been deported.

        In the case of Tepeyac, he made more than one mistake:

        Of all Tepeyac’s mistakes, one he especially regrets is not applying for citizenship when he was eligible. If he had, he would not have been deported.
        He got "lucky", I guess, with the amnesty Reagan provided, but blew it.

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