U.S. army veteran who's been twice on service trips to Afghanistan gets deported to Mexico

Cheryl Kahla
Mar 27, 2018
07:57 A.M.

An army veteran was denied citizenship and deported to Mexico, despite having served two tours in Afganistan and taking an oath to protect the States.


The 39-year-old Miguel Perez joined the military in 2001 and thought he legally became a citizen of the United States. However, he was denied citizenship because of a drug conviction.

As reported by CBSNews, Perez had PTSD when he returned from Afghanistan, and had turned to drugs and alcohol as a means to cope.

He was arrested in 2008 when he sold cocaine to an undercover officer. Perez took responsibility for his crime and acknowledged his guilt.


He served seven years in prison and used his time behind bars to get a degree. He also worked as a teacher's aide during his incarceration.

In March 2018, Perez pleaded with Immigration officials to be granted citizenship 'retroactive to when he joined the military' seventeen years ago.

Nevertheless, he was detained by Immigration and Custom Enforcement officials and was held in Wisconson before being handed over to Mexican authorities on March 23, 2018.

The statement released by the Enforcement agency said they every matter is handled on a case-by-case basis, and positive factors are taken into considering when dealing with veterans who served the country.


When Perez was first detained, Senator Tammy Duckworth spoke up in his defense, saying that he earned the opportunity to remain in the United States.

She described the decision to deny him his citizenship as 'another example of our nation failing him once more.'

Duckworth also blasted the Trump administration for deporting veterans 'from the same country they risked their lives to defend,' and said these actions were 'shameful.'

Perez feels as if he's facing death by being deported to Mexico, and said he would rather die on American soil, a country he fought for, then dying in a place that is not his home.

Please fill in your e-mail so we can share with you our top stories!
By subscribing, you agree to our Privacy Policy
Related posts

Tina Turner's Death: Her 2nd Spouse Donated an Organ to Save Her Because He 'Didn't Want Another Woman'

February 13, 2024

Jenni Rivera Married Thrice - Divorce from Her 3rd Husband Was Still Pending When She Died

November 03, 2023

Girl, 1, Dies after Being Left with Dad's Girlfriend While He Goes to Store: 'Details of This Case Are Heartbreaking'

January 17, 2024

Mickey Middleton Is Bryan Cranston’s Ex-wife Who Is Also an Author

December 15, 2023

Wife of 45 Years Receives Message: 'You Have to Get Rid of Your Husband' – She's Suspected of Poisoning Him

January 16, 2024

Conan Gray's Ethnicity: Singer's Interracial Parents Partly Raised Him in Japan

November 11, 2023

Old Man Living Alone All His Life Finds Out He Has Children – Story of the Day

February 23, 2024

I Bought Food for a Homeless Man, He Stunned Me with His Confession the Next Day

February 15, 2024

Rodney Tyson Is a Former Surgical Physician Assistant – Facts about Mike Tyson's Brother

December 02, 2023

Maid Captures Millionaire’s Heart Days Before His Wedding — Story of the Day

February 16, 2024

Inside Prince Harry’s $2K-an-Hour Luxe Suite He Chose over Staying with Family While Visiting Ailing Dad

February 09, 2024

'CSI: Miami' Actor Evan Ellingson Accidentally Died in His Bedroom Leaving His Dad 'Heartbroken' — Details

November 29, 2023

Pablo Escobar's Son Has Not Shied Away from the Spotlight - He Is a Peace Ambassador

November 01, 2023

Cher's Daughter-in-Law Speaks against Singer's Attempt to Be Troubled Son's Sole Conservator

January 25, 2024