The Establishment Media is absolutely apoplectic over ex-soldier Miguel Perez-Montes, 39, of being deported back to his native Mexico.
Just a few of the breathless headlines (Read: Clickbait) from the Leftie media;
- CNN – US Army veteran who served two tours in Afghanistan has been deported to Mexico
- New York Times – Afghanistan War Veteran’s Deportation Is a ‘Shocking Betrayal,’ Senator Says
- Time – Veteran Who Served in Afghanistan Deported to Mexico
- CBS News – U.S. Army veteran who served two tours in Afghanistan deported to Mexico
- Los Angeles Times – Afghan war veteran deported to Mexico and left ‘homeless and penniless,’ his family says
It’s enough to break your heart, isn’t it? However, something about this just didn’t pass the smell test.
Being a retired Marine, I know that non-US citizens can join the armed forces as enlisted men, and they must be legal aliens.
But it was still nagging at me as why and how a Green Card holder would find himself deported. All I could come up with was a case of fraudulent enlistment (which is a crime), with the understanding that he could have faked his paperwork.
As it turns out, this wasn’t the case.
Julia Manchester of the everything political TheHill.com has a headline that’s actually factual; Army veteran deported to Mexico after drug conviction
As anyone with a lick of common sense knows, anyone applying for naturalization with a felony drug bust under their belt simply wouldn’t stand a chance in hell.
“Perez-Montes has been in ICE custody since Sept. 23, 2016, when he was transferred from the Hill Correctional Center in Galesburg, Illinois, after he completed his prison sentence,” (ICE spokeswoman Nicole Alberico) said.
Perez-Montes was sentenced to 15 years in prison and had his green card taken away after he was found guilty of delivering cocaine to an undercover cop, CNN reported. He had served half of his sentence when deportation proceedings took place.
And not just a little of the white stuff. It was a felony drug conviction.
In fact, he was busted while attempting to sell 4.4 pounds of coke to an undercover cop. Keep in mind, that much cocaine is worth roughly $80,000.
In the meantime, the Chicago Tribune reported that Perez-Montes has been lobbying Gov. Bruce Rauner (R-Il) for clemency. If that were to happen, then obviously, there would be no legal reason to deport him.
Also cited by the Tribune;
The Cook County state’s attorney’s office opposes Perez’s petition for clemency, a legal request filed with the state for leniency or forgiveness of a past crime.
“We cannot lose track of the specific facts of this case, which is why we are opposing executive clemency,” assistant Cook County State’s Attorney Peter Goutos told the review board Thursday. “We must hold the big drug dealers accountable.”
While Perez was convicted of delivering less than 100 grams of cocaine, Goutos said he was arrested for delivering much more and received a reduced sentence after a plea deal.
If the 4.4 pounds of cocaine Perez delivered had ended up on the streets, it “would have affected tens of thousands of people once distributed throughout our community,” Goutos said.
One other tid-bit Lawyer Goutos mentioned, Perez-Montes never received an Honorable Discharge when he was eventually kicked out of the Army.
He received a General Discharge after being found guilty of… wait for it… illegal drug use.
It really is a shame that no one ever taught Perez-Montes about actions and consequences. Either that, or he was taught, but elected to ignore the lesson.
When he chose to join the Army, he chose wisely.
But when he chose to sell 4.4 pounds of cocaine, well, the really old knight describes it best;