01 Feb '18, 7am

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CHICAGO — A U.S. Army veteran and green card holder with a felony drug conviction began a hunger strike Wednesday to protest his likely deportation, after a federal court denied his appeal to remain in the U.S., where he has lived since age 8. Miguel Perez Jr., 39, a Chicago resident who served two tours of duty in Afghanistan and recently finished a prison term on a drug conviction, had sought to remain in the U.S., arguing his life would be in danger if he were deported to Mexico, where drug cartels target veterans with combat experience to work on their behalf, or else. A three-judge panel for the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected that argument last week. Perez said he believes deportation means certain death and the only thing left to do is commence an “extreme fast” until he is granted relief. “If it comes down to me being deported, I would rather leave this ...

Full article: https://www.stripes.com/green-card-veteran-facing-deporta...

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