The American Civil Liberties Union has long been an easy punching bag for its embrace of unpopular causes and its legal advocacy for the people and groups espousing them.
But maybe not so easy this time, for this group.
In a report titled “Discharged, Then Discarded,” the ACLU of California documented scores of cases of foreign-born U.S. veterans who are either facing deportation or have already been deported, many for minor violations or for illegal immigrant status that they believed their military service had automatically resolved.
“They are members of what is unfortunately a growing brotherhood — veterans of the United States armed forces who have been unceremoniously deported,” the ACLU said in a prepared statement published by, among other media outlets, the Los Angeles Times. “Many are combat veterans who sustained physical wounds and emotional trauma in conflicts going back to the war in Vietnam. Many have been decorated for their service. But service records notwithstanding, the U.S. has seen fit to kick them out of the country, sometimes for minor offenses that resulted in little if any incarceration.”
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