California tries to support deported Veterans

Andy de Leon is one of the veterans who served the during the Vietnam era. He was deported to Mexico in 2010 after being jailed for drugs. The 65 years old man currently lives in Tijuana after losing his family and home in Madera. He has never had an opportunity to see his 19 grandchildren in years. De Leon served as an army cook, and he was honorably discharged. Thousands of other veterans have also been deported since 1996.

California is planning to help the vets who were expelled from the country. Last month the Assembly voted unanimously to pass AB386, which will enable the California to pay legal fees for some veterans who are connected to the state and are trying to return to the country. The ex-soldiers who will be supported include those who were at the California base or have families in the state. The California state Senate has not yet approved the veterans bill . Governor Jerry Brown recently signed a state budget that included $45 million that will be used to cover legal fees for many immigrants who are facing deportation. The AB386 bill was sponsored by the Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher, and she is striving to ensure that it passed into law since it would apparently make all veterans who are facing deportation eligible for attorney representation.

According to the law, immigrants who have been in the U.S military qualify to be citizens, but they also need to apply. Some of the veterans who were deported had the right documentation for permanent residence, and they thought that they automatically become citizens once they began serving in the military. They did not bother to follow through with paperwork when they were on active duty.

Many veterans who are homeless and live at the Deported Veterans Support House hope that the California bill will be passed. One of them is Hector Barajas who is a former Army paratrooper and was deported in 2013. Their hope of returning to the United States will be restored when the law will be passed. The only time that they will be allowed to go back to the country is when they will be dead and be buried in the U.S military cemetery. The ex-military soldiers should be allowed back into the country since they gave their lives to fight for it. According to the American Civil Liberties Union's report, about 3,000 veterans have been deported in the past two decades.


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