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Deported Veterans Could Return to U.S. Under Proposed Law

11/10/21

 

If it passes and becomes law, the Veteran Deportation Prevention and Reform Act will pave the way for immigrant veterans to become U.S. citizens and open the door for vets who were already deported to return to the United States.

NBC Bay Area first investigated this issue more than five years ago and found more than 300 veterans living overseas.  All were forced out of the U.S. by immigration reform under President Bill Clinton in the 1990s, which dictated that any number of minor crimes could result in a deportation.  Infractions such as: failure to appear in court, drug possession and entering the United States illegally are considered “aggravated felonies” that can trigger a “removal” from the United States.   That policy has been applied to hundreds of non-citizen veterans who served the United States honorably during war and peacetime, but who got in trouble with the law after leaving the service.

“This is some of the best news I've had in a long time,” said San Diego County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, a retired marine who has worked for years on this issue. He believes the bill, with its bi-partisan support, might provide the momentum to create change.

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