U.S. Army Veteran, 72, Deported to Mexico After 50 Years in America

By Jessica Chasmar – The Washington Times – Friday, February 5, 2016 — A 72-year-old U.S. Army veteran is fighting to be buried in the country he served after he was deported to Mexico in 2009 for a heroin conviction.

Pvt. 1st Class Andres De Leon was 18 when he enlisted to fight in Vietnam. After serving for 12 years, two overseas, he was honorably discharged, a local Fox News affiliate reported.

Mr. De Leon, who had moved with his family to Madera, California legally when he was 12 years old, slipped into a deep depression at age 63 and was arrested for possession of heroin. Section 237 of the Immigration and Nationality Act lists this as a valid reason for deportation and three years into his sentence at Soledad State Prison, ICE told him he wouldn’t be returning home, Raw Story reported.

He now lives in a small, one-bedroom house in Tijuana, Mexico, with other deported veterans.

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