“Did you know U.S. veterans are being deported every year?
Since the American Revolution to the present day, a significant number of non-U.S. citizens have served in the U.S. military and have fought for a country that has promised them citizenship and a home for their allegiance. These men and women put on American uniforms and took the oath to serve and protect the country and the constitution of the United States with their lives.
Like many veterans returning home, the transition from military life to civilian life is difficult. Going from structure and purpose to lack of order is more than some can handle. There is little to no help with this process. In many cases, due to the culture shock and various medical problems, veterans turn to street drugs and unhealthy lifestyles to cope with something that is hard to diagnose.
A law passed by congress in 1996 dramatically increased the number of crimes that would subject a non-U.S. citizen to be deported. Some get in trouble with the law, are arrested and convicted. Some then serve time in prison or jail and they are subsequently placed in removal proceedings. The veterans fight their cases, usually from a detention center, and when they lose, they are banished.
Deported Veterans, The Fight to Return Home is an exploration of the lives of these individuals and their families who are affected by the everyday realities of deportation. Separation, depression and poverty are common factors in these mens lives. The film will show how they struggle to survive in a foreign country with only one goal in mind, to return home.
Through extensive interviews with immigration lawyers, policy makers and officials from both the United States and Mexico, we’ll be able to better understand the complexity of immigration law and how these deportations are possible.
We need your support to be able to finish our research and interviews.”
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