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We have to fight them over there, so we can deport them over here

2 August 2007

….. or something like that (NBC, San Antonio)


An Iraq war veteran who grew up in the United States says the country he fought for now wants to send him back to Mexico.

He went to war a soldier but somehow returned as an illegal immigrant.

But the soldier says he is not going down without a fight.

By all accounts, Orlando Castaneda is an American hero.

He says “I loved the GI Joes i just wanted to be a GI Joe.”

He spent 12 months in Iraq fighting for our freedom but then, just a few months after returning home, Castaneda received this deportation letter.

His wife, Annette, says “it’s frustrating, it’s frustrating when you see somebody give so much and get nothing in return.”

His parents brought him to the United States from Mexico illegally when Orlando was just three years old.

He filled out all the required paperwork and was even told his military service would put his application for citizenship on the fast track.

But somewhere along the line, immigration officials speculate there was a mixup or burp in the system leaving him and his American family in a state of limbo.

Orlando says “I believe I am an American I don’t just say you know I’m an American. I believe it in my heart.”

Annette says “he went and he did what most Americans aren’t willing to do, he went and fought for this country.”

Orlando says “I’m about to maybe lose my home, where I can’t buy food or cant pay my utilities because of a piece of paper that says I’m not an American.”

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Jack Walter permalink
    2 August 2007 9:39 am

    This is an outrage! I am ashamed of my government for treating someone who has served in Iraq in such a disrespectful manner. Is anyone going to organize a petition or something to get him citizenship? I thought that was already the policy. I’m tired of ignorant Americans dumping on immigrants! Can’t something be done?

  2. 2 August 2007 8:21 pm

    Talk about your Catch-22s. If DHS suddenly stops acting like incompetent assholes and let Orlando stay, the incompetent assholes at DoD will probably ship him to Iraq 2 or 3 more times to fight their mismanaged war. Maybe his good luck will hold, maybe not. So is it an outrage, or the thing that saves his life?

    Damned if I know. The longer I live in this world the less I understand it.

  3. 5 August 2007 1:17 am

    This is not right. Thanks for writing about it.

  4. 14 August 2007 9:49 pm

    Hat-tip to Shaine for pointing me to this site AND this story.

    This is beyond ridiculous. You’d think our system might make a real effort to get a couple of things right from time to time.

    Posthumous citizenship is a slap in the face of immigrants that make the ultimate sacrifice to their adopted country.

    This story needs more coverage. Mas, mas!

    Thanks again.

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