Army vet slated for deportation over drug charges

Army vet slated for deportation over drug charges
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An immigration judge issued a Chicago Army veteran deportation orders last week, after a drug trafficking conviction.

Chris Bergin, a lawyer for Miguel Perez Jr., told WGN TV Sunday that he will appeal the deportation order.

Perez served two tours of duty in Afghanistan, suffering a brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder.

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In February 2010, he was convicted of attempting to sell about two pounds of cocaine.

“What Miguel was charged and did a sentence for was a non-violent drug conviction. He never hurt anyone," said Emma Lozano of the Lincoln United Methodist Church, according to WGN.

After serving his 7-year jail term, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detained Perez and deportation proceedings began.

Perez’s family reached out to Illinois Sens. Richard DurbinDick DurbinOPINION | DACA helps people achieve the American dream, don't take it away Immigration battlefield widens for Trump, GOP 'Dreamers' deadline looms for Trump MORE (D) and Tammy Duckworth (D) for help in granting him retroactive citizenship for his service.

Veterans under deportation procedures usually garner open sympathy from legislators, but Durbin called Perez’s case “complicated.” 

“It’s a complicated case,” he said. “We don’t want dangerous people to remain in this country, but we ought to have our eyes wide open.”

“Here’s a man who risked his life for this country, maybe he can pay his price for what he’s done wrong here, and still get a chance to stay here."

Rep. Luis GutierrezLuis GutierrezRep. Gutiérrez arrested at White House immigration protest Supporting 'Dreamers' is our civic and moral duty Momentum builds for bill to help 'Dreamers' MORE (D-Ill.) said in a tweet that a veteran facing deportation “isn’t right.” 

 

 

Perez will remain in the United States until his case is resolved, reported WGN.