Miguel Perez deported to Mexico? A veteran who took part in two tours of Afghanistan has been deported to Mexico.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) confirmed to CNN that U.S. Army veteran Miguel Perez was deported on Friday after his citizenship was denied due to a felony drug conviction.
Miguel Perez reportedly arrived in the U.S. when he was 8-years-old with his parents and sister who are now naturalized U.S. citizens.
He has another sister who is an American citizen by birth.
Miguel Perez said his conviction was the result of his PTSD, according to CNN.
He was sentenced to 15 years in prison and had his green card taken away after he was found guilty of delivering cocaine to an undercover cop, CNN reported. He served half of his sentence when deportation proceedings took place.
The decision to deport Miguel Perez has been condemned by Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), who is an Iraq War veteran.
“This case is a tragic example of what can happen when national immigration policies are based more in hate than on logic and ICE doesn’t feel accountable to anyone,” Duckworth said in a statement on Saturday.
“At the very least, Miguel should have been able to exhaust all of his legal options before being rushed out of the country under a shroud of secrecy. I am appalled that Secretary [Kirstjen] Nielsen did not respond to my personal appeal asking merely that she review Miguel’s case and decide for herself whether deporting this brave combat Veteran was a good use of DHS’ limited resources,” she continued.
Duckworth had sent a letter to Nielsen on Friday asking for the administration to review his case.
The development comes as the Trump administration continues to take a hardline stance on immigration.
Trump announced last summer he would end the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which temporarily protected certain undocumented immigrants from deportation.
Trump sought to assure beneficiaries the program that Republicans were working to resolve their fates in the U.S. after a provision to protect them was omitted in the government funding bill, which Trump reluctantly signed on Friday.