A US military veteran who fought in the war against Afghanistan and had been in the US since age 8 has been deported to Mexico because of a 2008 drug-trafficking conviction.
Miguel Perez, 39, who had a green card, was deported Friday, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials confirmed Monday.
Perez was flown from Gary, Indiana, to Brownsville, Texas, where officers escorted him across the border and turned him over to Mexican authorities, ICE officials said.
Perez was born in Mexico and came legally to the United States at age 8 with his family. His family settled in Chicago because of a job offer his father received.
“I’m not leaving. They’re taking me,” Perez told US media on Thursday from a detention center.
“I will continue to struggle, not only for myself, but for other veterans and others who have been separated from their families by the US’s unjust immigration laws. It is my duty to continue this fight for equity,” he…