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Apr 21, 2015

The Story of a Belizean-American Military Veteran Now Deportee

Many Belizeans have served and are serving in the U.S Military and like many other immigrants, have risked their lives to serve, but even after their service they are still held to the military’s standard and pay the ultimate price for infractions of that standard- they are banished from the country they served, separated from their families and unable to collect medical benefits. Thousands of military veterans of the U.S forces, who were lawful permanent residents or green card holders, who have committed a crime- from minor offenses to serious felonies-have been kicked out of the U.S. It is an issue that veterans have been subjected to for years and in recent times it has come to prominence as the talks about an executive order to overhaul immigration reform has surfaced under President Barack Obama. One of those veterans who hopes that he can benefit from any action taken on immigration is Belizean-American Kevin Martinez. He was deported almost eleven years ago. Over the weekend, Martinez did a Skype interview for MSNBC’s Melissa Harris Perry Show.


{MSNBC’s Feature on Belizean American Kevin Martinez….}


The expelled veterans can appeal their deportations, but the process is said to be lengthy and difficult. And during the appeal, the accused has to stay in a detention center.

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5 Responses for “The Story of a Belizean-American Military Veteran Now Deportee”

  1. REALY? says:

    REALLY? what is the point of having the headline on your website if you won’t post the story?

  2. TM says:

    That’s gratefulness for you! But I guess they have a thousand times fold of their own US garbage therefore minimizing their burden, yet having the born and raised American children suffer the loss of losing a parent. They should consider an appropriate bracket, ie, misdemeanor – no deportation, capital crime- yes etc. etc.

  3. TM says:

    By the way “simple case of battering”?! Battering a woman or a man is no “simple case”! Battering is Battering and not acceptable!

  4. Rod says:

    So what if he committed a crime he deserves whatever he gets

  5. Ridiculous says:

    He should be deported. He’s not being held to military standards, he’s being held to immigration standards. The US laws are no different than Belize. If you commit an aggravated felony, you get deported. An aggravated felony means that you used a weapon. He beat his wife with a weapon and he wants sympathy. Whatever!!

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