On this week’s episode, SOFREP senior editor and SOFREP Radio host Steve Balestrieri catches up with Marine Corps veteran and founder of American Veterans Homefront Initiative Ramon Castro as he continues his walk along the southern U.S. border.
Ramon is walking the length of the U.S.-Mexico border to raise attention to the very important issue of foreign-born American military veterans being deported after their service comes to an end.
Many of these veterans suffer from PTSD or combat-related injuries. Nevertheless, they have no access to Veterans Affairs (VA) healthcare services. As a result, their suffering intensifies.
American Veterans Homefront Initiative calculates that thousands of foreign-born veterans have been deported since 1996 when legislation changed. The issue hasn’t been addressed by any of the administrations since.
As Ramon specifies, this isn’t a political issue but an American one.
By some estimates, the number of green card holders in the U.S. military could be as high as 90,000-100,000. These servicemembers face the prospect of deportation after their green card expires.
President Biden has said that the issue is a priority for him. His administration has issued a statement saying that they will look into the problem, yet, so far, nothing has happened and the deportations continue.
You can find more about the cause and ways to contribute by visiting American Veterans Homefront Initiative’s website at https://www.americanveteranshomefrontinitiative.com/. SOFREP will continue to be in touch with Ramon as he brings awareness to this very important issue.