Sending Office: Honorable Vicente Gonzalez
Co-Sponsor Bipartisan H.R. 3429– The Repatriate Our Patriots Act!
“It is a stain on our country’s pride to turn our backs on those who honorably stood loyal in service to our country.” -AMVETS
Groups in Support: AMVETS, Vietnam Veterans of America, Military Order of the Purple Heart, Vets for American Ideals, Reviresco
We are all forever indebted to the brave men and women who served in uniform. Yet when veterans who were legal permanent residents leave the service, after our military failed to properly process their citizenship applications, they are deported. Despite AMVETS,
one of our nation’s largest veteran service organizations, calling it a “stain on our country’s pride,” our government continues to deport honorably discharged veterans. Thousands of veterans who fought for our country are now exiled to countries they know
little to nothing about. It is our responsibility to right this wrong.
And so today I invite you to co-sponsor H.R. 3429, the “Repatriate Our Patriots Act,” which works to correct one
failure, by bringing home our unjustly deported veterans. My bill would allow deported veterans who were honorably discharged or released to go through the naturalization process abroad. The legislation excludes those who have been convicted of crimes such
as voluntary manslaughter, murder, rape, sexual abuse of a minor, child abuse, and/or terrorism.
The Repatriate Our Patriots Act also puts in place mechanisms to prevent this from happening to our veterans in the future. Many of those deported have their small businesses destroyed, families broken up, or struggle to obtain treatment outside of the United
States for injuries or ailments – both mental and physical – incurred in the line of duty. Moreover, several of these veterans have spent their whole lives in America, either being brought here as children or being deported after legally residing here for
generations. Lastly, most of these veterans are legally entitled to citizenship due to their service to our nation, and because of administrative complacence by our government, they never received the citizenship they earned.
Lastly, the disgraceful reality is that veterans who fought for our nation have died as deported exiles overseas due to a lack of access to their entitled VA healthcare after deportation.
I understand there are some issues on immigration where we may not see eye to eye, but this is not an immigration issue. This is a veterans issue.
If you have any questions or would like to co-sponsor this important piece of legislation, please contact Fred Castro or Mark Footerman on my staff at Fred.Castro@mail.house.gov and Mark.Footerman@mail.house.gov.
Thank you for your consideration,
Member of Congress
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