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Veteran travels through Las Cruces on journey across the U.S.-Mexico border

Las Cruces Sun-News - 7/21/2021

LAS CRUCES - U.S. Marine Corps veteran Ramon Castro's journey along the U.S.-Mexico border led him to speak in Las Cruces Sunday supporting the repatriation of deported veterans.

Castro has walked the whole of the California and Arizona borders with Mexico as part of the inaugural "Walk the Line" march which started Monday, June 28 in San Diego — bringing awareness of needed relief for deported American Veterans. Castro is the CEO and founder of the American Veterans Homefront Initiative and was joined by Repatriate our Patriots and League of Latino American Citizens.

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The gathering took place on east Amador Avenue in front of a mural depicting a proclamation honoring departed U.S. Military veterans who died in other countries.

Castro traveled to Ciudad Juárez Monday and visited local departed veterans. He also met with one Army veteran in particular who is seeking medical attention from the Department of Veterans Affairs and is denied entry into the U.S.

The three organizations are collaborating on a formal humanitarian visa request to President Joe Biden which will allow the veteran to enter the country and receive medical aid.

In a news release, Repatriate our Patriots state that veterans who are legal residents yet not U.S. citizens are being deported back to their original countries — though there is no clear idea of how many veterans who have been removed. There are also no policies to protect veterans and service members from getting deported or expediting the citizenship process.

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Castro's AVHI lays out three goals for the Biden-Harris Administration and Congress to take action on quickly:

Implement and streamline the process for service members and veterans to become citizens Immediately. Halt deportation of American Veterans. Pardon all American Veterans who have been deported and bring them home.

The "Walk the Line" march will continue through New Mexico and Texas, ending on Aug. 11 near Brownsville, Texas.

Leah Romero is the trending reporter at the Las Cruces Sun-News and can be reached at 575-418-3442, or @rromero_leah on Twitter.

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