Project

Exiled Soldiers

For the first time, the government tried to identify how many veterans have been deported. This report shows that 250 veterans facing deportation, 92 were removed from the country. Nine of the deported veterans had service-connected disabilities, including post-traumatic stress disorder.

In this project, we explore how the military failed veterans, and how veterans are being deported.

The deportation of noncitizen veterans is an unintended consequence of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRIRA), signed by former President Bill Clinton in 1996. Billed as an anti-crime effort, the law made it possible to deport legal permanent residents convicted of certain felonies.