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Army Veterans, Once Deported, Now Naturalized Americans!
Posted on 20 Feb 2023 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Julie Watson, Associated Press, Feb. 8, 2023 "After fighting in Afghanistan, former U.S. Army soldier Mauricio Hernandez Mata returned home with post-traumatic stress, which he says eventually led to getting in trouble with the law and being deported... Read More

Deported Vets Who Return Stateside Face Uncertain Futures
Posted on 8 Sep 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Suzanne Monyak, Roll Call, Sept. 8, 2022 "Juan Quiroz, a father of four and U.S. Army veteran, got to celebrate his birthday in the U.S. with his children in July for the first time since he was deported nearly a decade ago. The former Army mechanic... Read More

Tags: veterans

Bring Them Home!
Posted on 21 Apr 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

BRING THEM HOME is a short documentary about discarded American heroes, deported military veterans. ‚Äč"Robert "Rob Young" Walker and Andrei "Drei Ros" Rosca met Hector Barajas; a deported American military veteran. Upon hearing... Read More

Deported Vet Returns Home
Posted on 27 Aug 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Petula Dvorak, Washington Post, Aug. 26, 2021 "Wednesday night it finally happened. For the first time in more than a decade, Howard Bailey slept well. For 11 years, Bailey spent the night hours fitful and frightened, remembering the 5:30 a... Read More

Tags: veterans

DHS, VA Announce Initiative to Support Noncitizen Service Members, Veterans, and Immediate Family Members
Posted on 3 Jul 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS, June 2, 2021 "Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas and Secretary of Veterans Affairs Denis R. McDonough announced a new initiative to support our Nation’s noncitizen service members, veterans, and the immediate... Read More

Tags: veterans , USCIS , DHS

USCIS Policy Alert: Veterans Residing Outside the United States and Naturalization (May 28, 2021)
Posted on 28 May 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, May 28, 2021 "Policy Highlights • Clarifies that naturalization interviews for veterans (non-current members of the U.S. armed forces) residing outside the United States must take place in the United States, but USCIS may, in its discretion... Read More

Biden to Review Deportations of Veterans
Posted on 9 Feb 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Tara Copp, McClatchyDC, Feb. 8, 2021 "President Joe Biden will review the deportations of veterans and military family members that occurred under the stricter immigration enforcement policies of former President Donald Trump, a White House official... Read More

Deported Marine Veteran, Exiled For 12 Years, Sworn In As U.S. Citizen
Posted on 22 Jan 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Kate Morrissey, LA Times, Jan. 16, 2021 "This was a 25-year process for him, and it took a federal lawsuit and six lawyers and many members of Congress to actually get his citizenship, which he is legally entitled to because of his military service... Read More

On This Veterans Day...
Posted on 11 Nov 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

FWD.US, Oct. 28, 2020 Immigrants Serving in the Military Have Earned Their Citizenship - Their Path to Naturalization Should Be Clear President-elect Biden and Congress can restore a fair path to citizenship for immigrants who serve "This Veteran’s... Read More

ICE Failed to Follow Policies on Noncitizen Veterans: GAO Report
Posted on 10 Jun 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Maria Ines Zamudio, WBEZ, June 7, 2019 "Hundreds of noncitizen veterans were placed in removal proceedings during the past six years despite policies to consider their service in deportation cases and to provide a pathway to citizenship for immigrants... Read More

Congress Must Act and Stop Deporting Our Veterans: Margaret D. Stock
Posted on 15 May 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"As Congress and the Obama administration look for ways to address our broken immigration system, one step is clear. They have the authority to, and must, end the deportation of our veterans. It is hard to believe that the United States deports... Read More

Deported Veterans of America (Video)
Posted on 4 Jul 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"There are soldiers and marines that have served the United States even though they were not born in the country. Some of them entered the US by crossing the border illegally, but after being promised citizenship in exchange for their service, they... Read More

DHS Clarifies Immigration Benefits for Family Members of Selected Reserve and Veterans
Posted on 5 Dec 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"On November 15, 2013, United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS), the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) sub-agency that administers immigration benefits, announced a new national “parole in place”... Read More

Banished: Deported Veterans Struggle to Survive in Mexico
Posted on 8 May 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Jeremy Schwartz, Austin American-Statesman, May 6, 2016 - "Forty-four years after he volunteered for the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, Torres is among an untold number of U.S. military veterans who’ve been deported to Mexico over the past... Read More

Meet the Deported Veterans: NPR
Posted on 13 Jan 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Morning Edition, NPR, Jan. 13, 2016 - "Immigrants have always made up a portion of the Armed Forces in America — joining the U.S. military has always been one of the fastest ways to get U.S. citizenship. About 8,000 troops with green cards... Read More