Texas man pleads the gov. to return deported brother, a Vietnam veteran
June 03, 2017
DONNA, Texas – It’s a debate over service and citizenship as several members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus plan to visit deported veterans in Tijuana, Mexico on Saturday.
More military families on the Texas border want to tell their stories like that of one former U.S. soldier who’s spent the last 15 years banned from entering the country he once served.
“The focus of today’s meeting is to talk about our deported veterans,” U.S. Congressman Filemon Vela told a group of veterans gathered at an American Legion post in Donna, Texas.
A dozen or so war veterans attended the town hall to ask their congressman about the veteran benefits and citizenship.
“Veterans who serve our country honorably are being deported," exclaimed Legion Commander Felix Rodriguez. "That’s unacceptable!”
It was an emotional subject for the patriots in the room.
“Why is it that we don’t have a law that states that any veteran that serves and goes to war automatically becomes a citizen,” asked one Vietnam war veteran.
One man in this gathering isn’t a soldier, but came to fight for his half brother.
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