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Deportation cases: Man who served country could be forced out

When a person moves to Florida from out of the country, they typically have certain dreams and goals they want to reach. Regardless of their culture, many love their new country. Some even chose to protect their country by joining the military. While most people would think the country would be grateful for their sacrifice, immigrants who served the country could still find themselves subjects of deportation cases.

Unfortunately, such could be the case for a 36-year-old man who served two tours of duty. He has spent the majority of his life in the country and has two children, ages 18 and 12, who are United States citizens. However, his parents claim that after he returned home from service, he was diagnosed with PTSD.

He was allegedly unable to find work -- an issue facing many U.S. veterans. His parents say he became involved with drugs and was ultimately convicted of drug charges. Before he was released from jail, immigration officials detained him. The man has a hearing the first week of December regarding deportation matters; his parents are hopeful that support for the man will lead to a positive outcome.

Many people from Florida who serve in the military do not return home in the same condition in which they left. Veterans should be able to expect that they will receive treatment for the harm they suffered as a result of their service, not become the subjects of deportation cases. While community support for those who are the subject of deportation action may be of some help, having an attorney with experience with such cases can ensure that a skilled advocate is fighting on their behalf.

Source: abc7chicago.com, "Army veteran faces deportation", Evelyn Holmes, Nov. 24, 2016

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