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Story Publication logo August 6, 2019

Deported Veterans Say They've Been Betrayed

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The border wall between Tijuana, Mexico, and San Diego, United States. United States, 2019. Image by Maria Ines Zamudio.
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For the first time, the government tried to identify how many veterans have been deported. This...

Photos courtesy of Felipe de Jesús Pérez. Image by María Inés Zamudio.
Photos courtesy of Felipe de Jesús Pérez. Image by María Inés Zamudio. 2019.

A new government report claims at least 250 U.S. military veterans have been placed in immigration removal proceedings over the last six years. The report found that immigration officials don't follow their own policies for handling cases of U.S. veterans.

Miguel Pérez Jr. is one of them. The Chicago soldier was among the first troops deployed to Afghanistan following the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Now he's one of dozens of deported veterans who say they have been exiled from the country they fought for.

WBEZ's Maria Ines Zamudio (@mizamudio) brings us the story of how he's trying to survive in Tijuana, Mexico. 

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