An immigration judge decided to deport Army Veteran.
By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.
March 18, 2017
Chicago, Illinois – Robin Rosche, an immigration judge decided that Miguel Pérez Jr., 38, a decorated U.S. Army Veteran with a green card should be deported after serving a prison sentence for a felony drug conviction. Pérez’s attorney filed an appeal on Judge Rosche’s decision and the Veteran will remain in custody on the appeal is exhausted. A press conference is scheduled for Sunday by his relatives concerning the recent decision to deport Peréz.Pérez had served two tours in Afghanistan. He returned from war with severe PTSD and a serious brain injury and began to self medicate with drugs and was convicted of a non-violent drug offense.
Pérez had filed a request for relief to remain in the U.S. under the United Nations Convention against torture, which is a form of asylum.
Pérez told Judge Rosche during a hearing that he would be targeted for recruitment by drug cartels for his military experience and his life would be in danger, if he failed to join a criminal organization. The U.S. prosecutors argued that Pérez doesn’t qualify for the asylum, but that he violated the law, was convicted and should be deported, despite his honorable military service.