Posted on: November 14, 2017
You may have seen it over the weekend on Veteran’s Day. A photo of several deported veterans saluting the flag celebrating Memorial Day Taken by photojournalist Herika Martinez for the Agence France-Presse news agency.
The photo of six men are veterans who served for in United States military. These men joined in the hopes of gaining citizenship but were denied and deported.
NBC News in May reported that worldwide there are approximately 230 people who served un the U.S military but were denied.
Serving in the military does not automatically confer citizenship, but does make the process easier. But Texas Rep. Joaquin Castro told NBC he believes these men should have been allowed to become citizens.
“Many, if not most, were legal permanent residents, who were eligible to become citizens and perhaps never applied — they stood up for their country and put their lives on the line.”
Mexicans who served in US Army with the promise of becoming citizens but ended up being deported, protest on Memorial Day in Ciudad Juarez pic.twitter.com/nRSpFAx8Ie
— AFP news agency (@AFP) May 30, 2017
What led to their deportation? Full story here