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Congressman Vicente Gonzalez

Representing the 15th District of Texas

South Texans Support Congressman Gonzalez’s Repatriate Our Patriots Act

September 12, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced the findings of a recent survey via email analyzing public perception of his bill, H.R. 3429, the Repatriate Our Patriots Act, bipartisan legislation that would bring home deported veterans and expedite their U.S. Citizenship process. The results convey an outpouring of public support for the legislation.

The survey was conducted from July 28-31, 2017, and found that 85 percent of constituents in the 15th District of Texas believe that veterans should be protected from deportation and deported veterans should be permitted to return to the U.S. In addition, 56 percent of respondents believe these deported service members are “heroes and deserve to come home.”

“It is both heartwarming and telling to see so many of my fellow South Texans supporting this effort,” Congressman Gonzalez said. “Deporting these American heroes is un-American and a grave error that must be corrected. This survey shows that many people in South Texas agree with the bill and want to see it become public law. I’ll continue to drum up support and ask Democrats and Republicans in the House to support it.”

The bill would allow deported veterans who were honorably discharged or released to go through the naturalization process abroad. This excludes those who have been convicted of crimes such as voluntary manslaughter, murder, rape, sexual abuse of a minor, child abuse, and/or terrorism.

The legislation would have the Attorney General cancel or rescind a removal order that effects any eligible veteran, and subsequently change his or her status to legal permanent resident.

It would also require the Secretary of Homeland Security to create a program and application procedure to allow veterans, who are eligible and were removed prior to the bill’s enactment, to return to the U.S. as a lawfully admitted permanent resident.

The bill was introduced on July 27, 2017 and referred to the House Committees on Armed Services, Judiciary, and Veterans’ Affairs. Co-sponsors of the bill are Congressmen Don Young (AK-AL), Beto O’Rourke (TX-16), and Bobby Rush (IL-01).

Attached above are the survey findings.