US veteran who served in Afghanistan could be deported: report
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A U.S. veteran who has served two tours of duty in Afghanistan could be facing deportation to Mexico, according to CNN.

Miguel Perez Jr. arrived in the U.S. with his family when he was 8 years old, the network reported. He enlisted in the Army in 2001 and served in Afghanistan from Oct. 2002 to April 2003 and May 2003 to Oct. 2003.

But Perez, who is in an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention center in Wisconsin, was convicted of manufacturing and delivering more than two pounds of cocaine in 2010, the network reported.

ICE started deportation proceedings when he had completed about half of his 15-year prison sentence, according to CNN.

Last Wednesday, he reportedly began a hunger strike.

Perez told the network he worries that if he is deported, he wouldn't have access to the substance abuse and mental health counseling he requires.

"If they are sentencing me to a certain death, and I am going to die, then why die in a place that I have not considered my home in a long time?" he asked in an interview.
"There is saying that goes 'I'd rather die like a man than live like a coward.' In Mexico, I will have to live in fear, like a coward. No. I'd rather die right here, like a man fighting against something that makes no sense. This thing of deporting veterans does not make sense even if they try to justify with the law."
Perez's lawyer, who is requesting a stay of deportation during the appeals process, said Perez thought he would automatically become a citizen if he enlisted in the military.
A senior immigration official told CNN that "although he was a vet, he never applied for US citizenship for many years he was eligible."
"He became a permanent resident in 1989. This means he could have applied for citizenship as early as 1994."
ICE said in a statement that it "respects the service and sacrifice of those in military service, and is very deliberate in its review of cases involving US military veterans."
The agency said any action it may take that "may result in the removal of an alien with military service must be authorized by the senior leadership in a field office, following an evaluation by the office of chief counsel."
"ICE exercises prosecutorial discretion, when appropriate, on a case-by-case basis for members of the armed forces who have served our country," the statement said.
"ICE specifically identifies service in the US military as a positive factor that is considered when deciding whether or not prosecutorial discretion should be exercised."