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Saturday, April 7, 2018

ICE freeze veterans of US army

Por freewinds12345

Miguel Pérez returned to the United States after serving twice in Afghan lands. The United States was not the country in which he was born, however, it was the land that saw him grow and where his Mexican roots merged with the nation that welcomed him at age 8 and for which he wore the uniform to defend the US interests. Ironically, it’s the government that now expels him for Mexico for having been found guilty of drug trafficking in 2008, after having served in the army. At 39, ICE deported him to Mexico. Although Miguel Pérez has a residence in Chicago, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) fulfilled the order to deport the Mexican army veteran

The events occurred after the legal appealing of the ex-military man who even his military record could not save him. To add more pain of his ordeal, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner denied pardon, which was another legal action that could have saved the ex-uniformed. ICE officers escorted him to Brownsville, Texas, where he was handed over to Mexican authorities.

Since the rise of Donald Trump, ICE has reinforced measures against immigrants and has become less intolerant to facts related to the previous one. Even the government itself is attacking states like California in which The Sanctuary Law protects migrants to some extent. It has also demanded the ICE to be less lenient and perform constant documentation searches in job positions where they could work without documents.

The most shameful thing is that Pérez's case is not isolated. Other Latino war veterans who have served the US Army have also been deported for crimes they committed in the past. On this occasion, the war veteran told the Chicago Tribune that he was being expelled from the country, a nation in which he was not illegal while being in Afghanistan in the middle of gunfire and where he saved the lives of several Americans defending the flag of the bars and the stars.

The fact has destroyed Perez’s family, who still wonders how in the standard nation of democracy such absurd and brutal things happen. However, their faith in God and democracy give them the strength to continue fighting for the return of their son. Perhaps what Miguel's parents do not know is that Donald Trump is a racist and xenophobic president with the premise to eliminate migrants, especially those of Latino origin. Perez will not be the only victim of the injustice of the president; others will also know the excesses of a nation that owes a lot to the emigrants, who have been the economic foundations of that country.

Along with Miguel's parents, federal Senator Tammy Duckworth has supported Miguel and has even sought answers at the highest levels of the nation. According to the local press, Tammy wrote a letter to the Secretary of National Security, Kirstjen Nielsen, requesting the cancellation of the deportation and a review of the case to find a viable solution for both parties. However, to date, no response has been received from Nielsen. From her point of view Duckworth considers that the measure was somewhat precipitate and that all the legal options available in that case were not exhausted.

Everything seems to indicate that Miguel Pérez’s case was a warning or at least an example that ICE will not have a soft hand with those who break the law;a contradictory acronym, the government's organization has repeatedly commented to the press that deliberate a lot when it comes to ex-military, and that deportation actions must have the support and authorization of superiors as well as an evaluation of the main lawyer.

In 2008, Miguel Pérez was found guilty of giving an undercover agent a laptop with 2 kilos (4.4 pounds) of cocaine. Although he pleaded guilty, he was sentenced to 15 years in prison, but he only served half of his sentence. Now he returns to the country where he was born.