A U.S. veteran who was deported to Mexico earlier this month after doing two tours in Afghanistan said he would still die for the U.S.

U.S. Army veteran Miguel Perez said during an interview with CNN said that he would go to war "right now."

"Right now I would go to war and die for the United States," he said during the interview.


"Even after this. For the people ... We the people."

He also said during the interview that his main priority right now is trying to get his medicine, adding that he still has panic attacks and anxiety.

Perez was deported to Mexico earlier this month by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) after his citizenship was denied due to a drug conviction.

ICE said the agency "respects the service and sacrifice of those in military service, and is very deliberate in its review of cases involving US military veterans."

Perez was sentenced to 15 years in prison and had his green card taken away after he was found guilty of delivering cocaine to an undercover cop, according to CNN.

He had served half of his sentence when deportation proceedings took place.

He reportedly arrived in the U.S. when he was 8 years old with his parents and sister, who are now naturalized U.S. citizens. 

He said his drug conviction, for cocaine possession, was the result of his post-traumatic stress disorder.