SAN DIEGO (Conspiracy Talk News) – A former Marine of Mexican origin who was deported 15 yrs ago, when convicted of misdemeanor, won his battle in court to return to the US and regain his permanent residence.
Marco Chavez told Conspiracy Talk News Monday that he hopes to reunite with his 3 kids in Iowa after missing their childhood. Chávez is now 45 and his children are between 17 & 21.
“One of the things I wanted my children to know is that they had a father and I did not intend to abandon them,” said Chávez, who lives in the city of Tijuana, in northern Mexico. “That was not part of the plan with me or my ex-wife. I wanted to be there to keep them. Maybe they are resentful, but it is understandable. “
An immigration judge authorized the return of Mr. Chavez last month. The decision was preceded by a pardon from the governor of California, the Democrat Mr. Jerry Brown who granted Mr. Chavez this pardon. In 1998, the former soldier was found guilty of cruelty to animals, for beating a dog, but said another person had been responsible. He was sentenced to serve 2 yrs in a state prison, released just 15 months later for good behavior, and then deported.
Brown said that Chavez “served our country, earned his forgiveness and deserves to return back home.”
Chávez’s wife had gone to Tijuana with her children to be together, but life was very difficult for this family in the border city, ravaged by violence and where schools were not so good and jobs were scarce, Chávez said. .
The couple divorced and she went to Iowa with her kids. Mr. Chavez plans to meet his parents at the San Diego border crossing before Christmas and will spend several months with them in Los Angeles as he handles paperwork at his residence. Then he will travel to Iowa and try to rebuild his relationship with his children. The last time Chávez saw his own kids was when they visited him in Tijuana back in 2013.
Chavez was a baby when his parents brought him to the United States. He served 4 years in the United States Marine Corps.
“Life is possible in Mexico but it is notat all comfortable,” said Mr. Chávez, who worked as a security guard, later took advantage of his English to work for American companies in a call center within Tijuana.
“Now I understand why everyone tries to cross to the USA by any means possible,” he said.
Attorney Jennie Pasquarella, of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), said the case encourages the hopes of other veterans deported, including two others Brown pardoned and living in Mexico, and have lawyers trying to get them authorized. to return to the United States.
The Support House for Deported Veterans, based in Tijuana, said it has documented at least 301 cases of ex-soldiers deported to some 30 countries. More than 60 of them are Mexican.