15 Jul '17, 1am

Lawyers: Government seeking to deport Iraq War veteran: Chong Kim, a South Korean immigrant…

Lawyers: Government seeking to deport Iraq War veteran: Chong Kim, a South Korean immigrant…

SEATTLE — An immigrant rights group is asking the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to release an Iraq War veteran who has been detained for more than three months while waiting to learn whether he'll be deported. Chong Kim, a South Korean immigrant and green card holder from Portland, Oregon, joined the National Guard in 2005 and served in Iraq in 2009 and 2010. He came to the U.S. more than 35 years ago, at age 5, and he became a legal permanent resident in 1981. The Seattle-based Northwest Immigrant Rights Project said Friday that after Kim was honorably discharged, he struggled with homelessness, addiction and post-traumatic stress, leading to convictions for burglary and other charges in 2013 and for attempted arson last year. He's been doing well since completing a 4½-month inpatient treatment program run by the Department of Veterans Affairs in January, the group...

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