ABC 7 News
By Evelyn Holmes
Thursday, November 24, 2016
"He offered his life for this country for this nation and he has a right to live in the country that he fought for," said Miguel Perez, Sr.CHICAGO (WLS) -- An Army veteran who served two tours of duty could be deported as soon as next week.
On Thursday, his parents joined with members of Rainbow Push and called for help to keep their son here.
Miguel Perez, Sr., and his wife Espranza said they have a lot to be grateful for this Thanksgiving although their son, Gulf War veteran Miguel Perez, Jr., could be deported soon.
"It's very hard for us," said Esperanza Perez, Miguel's mother.
Perez is one of the thousands of so-called green card soldiers, undocumented immigrant men and women who served in the American military, but still face deportation.
Relatives say the 36-year-old has lived in the Chicago area most of his life and is father to a 18-year-old daughter and a 12-year-old son, who are both born U.S. citizens.
His family pleaded his case while attending the Rainbow Push Thanksgiving Day dinner for veterans, their families, the homeless and anyone else in need of a hot meal.
Miguel's parents said his troubles began after he returned home after completing two tours of duty overseas. They said after being diagnosed with PTSD, their son had a hard time finding a job.
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