RGV congressman supports bill to provide citizenship for deported veterans

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UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 27: Rep. Vicente Gonzalez, D-Texas, attends a House Financial Services Committee hearing titled Monetary Policy and the State of the Economy featuring testimony by Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell in Rayburn Building on February 27, 2018. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (D-McAllen) is re-introducing a bill to give deported veterans a pathway to citizenship.

“I think everybody agrees that we should not be deporting someone who wore a uniform and fought for our freedom,” Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (D-McAllen) said. “Many of these are highly decorated veterans who come back with high levels of PTSD, maybe get in a fight or altercation and the next thing you know they find themselves deported.”

The Repatriate Our Patriots Act is designed to protect certain veterans from being deported – while also providing them with a procedure to become citizens. 

Congressman Gonzalez said deporting veterans needs to stop and believes a new administration improves the chances that it does.

Veterans that have been convicted of serious crimes will not be eligible.

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