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NBC: US Marine Vet Detained Amid Deportation Case

NBC: US Marine Vet Detained Amid Deportation Case
Jose Segovia Benitez (Marine Corps)

By    |   Sunday, 20 October 2019 02:58 PM

A decorated U.S. Marine veteran of the Iraq War faces deportation to his native El Salvador after struggling with PTSD-caused alcohol and domestic violence trouble, NBC News reported.

"He is a soldier who put his life on the line to defend his country," the mother of Jose Segovia Benitez, 38, told NBC News. "But when he returned from the war, he came back with problems."

Segovia Benitez left El Salvador at 3 years old, served the U.S. Marine Corps from 1999-2004, deploying to Iraq, and receiving multiple awards for his service, according to the report.

He even has a tattoo of the Statue of Liberty on his rib cage, per NBC.

His legal immigrant status has been revoked after years in prison for drug and domestic violence-related convictions, and he was due to be deported, immigration authorities told NBC News.

"It's just cruel," Martha Garcia told NBC News.

Segovia Benitez was taken off the plane bound for El Salvador and is now being detained in Arizona, according to the report.

The veterans' family is seeking a pardon from California Gov. Gavin Newsom, arguing his crimes should have been charged as misdemeanors instead of felonies, according to attorney Thomas Sanchez.

"So, when we looked at the case we said if we can get a pardon for him for the aggravated felonies, which should have been misdemeanors in the first place, then he can become a citizen," Sanchez told NBC News.

The attorney claimed the assault with a deadly weapon was merely a screwdriver in his pocket he did not use.

"If he would have had the resources to have legal representation back then, he would not be facing this right now," Green Card Veterans President Carlos Luna told NBC News. "Even further, if he would have had the medical resources available that he needed, then he may not have ever ended up in a courtroom."

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A decorated U.S. Marine veteran of the Iraq War faces deportation to his native El Salvador after struggling with PTSD-caused alcohol and domestic violence trouble, NBC News reported."He is a soldier who put his life on the line to defend his country," his mother...
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