• Breanna Johns

US army veteran deported to Mexico

U.S. Army veteran 39-year-old Miguel Perez, who served two tours in Afghanistan, has been deported to Mexico.

Perez’s citizenship application was denied by U.S. authorities because of a felony drug conviction, despite his two tours in Afghanistan and the PTSD he says it caused.

Perez was escorted from Texas, across the U.S.-Mexican border, then handed over to Mexican authorities on Friday, March 23, 2018.

As of Monday, March 26, 2018, Perez is currently in Tijuana, Mexico.

"We're going to hold ICE responsible if anything happens to Miguel Perez Jr.," said Emma Lozano, pastor at Lincoln United Methodist Church in Chicago, where Perez lived.

The church is a “sanctuary church,” that promises to provide shelter and support for undocumented immigrants.

Illinois Senator Tammy Duckworth argued that “his wartime service to the country had earned him the right to stay in the United States and to receive mental health treatment for the PTSD and substance abuse.”

Perez was born in Mexico but legally came to the U.S. with his father, Miguel Perez Sr, a semi-pro soccer player, at the age of eight.

Perez said, “He was surprised to be in ICE detention and mistakenly believed that enlisting in the Army would automatically give him US citizenship.”