Congressmen Introduce Bill To Limit Deportation Of U.S. Veterans

U.S. Veterans honorably discharged have been deported to many countries for minor crimes.

By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.

April 21, 2016

Washington, D.C. – On Wednesday, a press release by U.S. Representative Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) announced that he led a group of veteran members of the U.S. Congress to introduce legislation that would help deported veterans to reunite with their families in the United States. The bill “Restoring Respect for Immigrant Service” would also prevent the removal of service members and veterans in the future.
Specifically, the bill urges the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security to use his powers under current law to readmit veterans into the United States who have been deported and who have not committed a serious crime. The bill also limits the current grounds of deportability to prevent the removal of a service member or veteran who has served at least 6 months in the military and who has not committed a serious crime.
U.s. Representatives Ted Lieu (D-CA), Charles Rangel (D-NY) and José E. Serrano (D-NY) are original co-sponsors of the legislation.Also deported U.S. Veteran Daniel Torres re-entered the U.S. on Wednesday with a valid Visa and became the first deported Veteran to be allowed to attend a citizenship interview in California that could possibly grant him to eventually reunite with his family in the country. Torres, a former U.S. Marine was deported five years ago to Mexico and is one of many deported Veterans who have been deported for minor crimes and are seeking citizenship status to return to the U.S. with the help of the ACLU-CA and the Deported Veterans Support House (DVSH), a non-profit organization in Tijuana, Mexico.
The DVSH was founded by Hector Barajas, a deported U.S. Army Veteran. Barajas is the managing director of DVSH and is seeking to return to the U.S. as well.

H.R. Bill: Restoring Respect for Immigrant Service in Uniform Act

Video: Deported U.S. Marine Veteran Daniel Torres legally reentered the U.S. with Visa

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