March 24, 2018

Duckworth Statement on Deportation of U.S. Combat Veteran Miguel Perez


[CHICAGO, IL] – After disheartening reports that Miguel Perez, a U.S. Army combat Veteran, was deported yesterday to a country he hasn’t called home since he was 8, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth released the following statement this morning:

“This case is a tragic example of what can happen when national immigration policies are based more in hate than on logic and ICE doesn’t feel accountable to anyone. At the very least, Miguel should have been able to exhaust all of his legal options before being rushed out of the country under a shroud of secrecy. I am appalled that Secretary Nielsen did not respond to my personal appeal asking merely that she review Miguel's case and decide for herself whether deporting this brave combat Veteran was a good use of DHS’ limited resources. I will be looking into additional oversight options in the near future to protect this from happening to any other combat Veteran."