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Rep. Gonzalez Visited the Deported Veterans Support House

June 7, 2017
Press Release
Gonzalez to Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Repatriate Deported Veterans

TIJUANA, MEX Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) and several other members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus traveled to the Deported Veterans Support House in Tijuana, Mexico on Saturday, June 3, 2017 to meet with U.S. military veterans who were deported. The group spoke with deported veterans and listened to their personal hardships.

“I have heard from veterans all over the world who faced deportation because of post-traumatic stress disorder and other combat related complications,” said Rep. Gonzalez. “These men and women fought for our country, and it is our turn to fight for them.”

As of January 2017, there were 10,644 noncitizens currently serving in the U.S. military and an additional 11,524 noncitizens under reserve status. Of those serving, the greatest numbers of lawful permanent resident (LPR) service members come from the Philippines, Mexico, and Jamaica.

“My colleagues and I were grateful for the opportunity to sit down and have a face to face conversation with just a few of the many veterans who were wrongfully forced out of the country they call home,” said Rep. Gonzalez. “I hope that President Trump makes good on his campaign promise to stand with veterans and right this wrong.”