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Deported US Military Veterans Protest in Ciudad Juarez on US Veterans Day

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November 13, 2017
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Mexican veteran soldier Ivan Icon, who said he served in the U.S Army in Vietnam and Iraq under the promise of becoming a citizen but ended up as deportee, protests at the border between the U.S. and Mexico during Veterans Day (Reuters)

A group of Mexicans who served with the US military in Vietnam and Iraq only to be deported held a Veterans Day protest on Saturday in the border city Ciudad Juarez.

A stone's throw from the bridge between Juarez and El Paso, Texas, the deportees demonstrated with the flags of their US military units.

"We served a country that has cheated us," said Jose Francisco Lopez Moreno, 64. Many Mexicans have served in the US military in exchange for expedited residency.

But these veterans were deported for committing crimes, despite risking their lives in far-flung combat.

"It is so unfair. They separated us from our families, and we are alone here with no health care or assistance of any kind," said Lopez, who served in Vietnam but was deported to Mexico in 2004. Veterans in the United States receive pensions and health care.

Local officials estimate there are about 300 deportees.

Read the rest at Daily Sabah


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