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Army veteran who faces deportation denied US citizenship

CHICAGO – An Army veteran with a green card, who is facing deportation, because of a 2008 drug conviction, has refused AMERICAN citizenship.

The decision Thursday by the immigration officials means Miguel Perez Jr. can be deported to Mexico at any time.

The 39-year-old Perez petitioned the immigration officials to be granted citizenship retroactively to when he joined the army in 2001.

Perez served two tours in Afghanistan. He says that he mistakenly thought he was an AMERICAN citizen, he took an oath to protect the nation.

Perez was taken into custody by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers after he served half of a 15-year prison sentence for a nonviolent drug charges. He is being held in a Wisconsin detention center where he awaits deportation.

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