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After Four Years Fighting In The Marines, This Deported Veteran Came Back To The US In A Casket

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Enrique Salas used his personal social media account to share articles about deported veterans. The military veteran was an impassioned advocate for the rights of undocumented servicemen and women facing deportation. This is the reality for many service members, including Salas. Salas, who served four active years with the Marines did get back to the U.S. to his family, in a casket.

For years, Enrique Salas fought for the United States and the freedom Americans enjoy.

Happy tbt keep me in your prayers hope to b home soon.

Posted by Enrique Salas on Thursday, September 29, 2016

As an undocumented immigrant, one way to try to become a U.S. citizen is to join the military. Salas did that at the age of 17 by joining the Marines.

According to The Fresno Bee, Salas was on active duty with the Marines for four years and served in the Philippines, Thailand and Singapore.

“He was honorably discharged in 1992 after serving in the Persian Gulf War, his military record rife with commendations including National Defense Service Medal, Sea Service Ribbon, and Good Conduct Medal. He remained in the Marine Reserve until 1996,” The Fresno Bee reports.

However, Salas battled with drug addiction and, in 2004, he was convicted for possession of a controlled substance for sale. This conviction got him deported to Mexico in 2006.

Im ready to come home family and friends i really love all the support and positive vibes im getting thank you. Muchas gracias a todos por su apoyo positivo.

Posted by Enrique Salas on Thursday, June 30, 2016

Salas was deported back to Mexico in 2006 because he never applied for his citizenship before the 2004 conviction.

For the last 12 years he has lived in Tijuana, a place he had never known, but it’s the closest city to the U.S.

“My parents gave two of their children to the Marine Corps, and now they’ve lost both of us,” Salas said in a American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) report titled “Discharged, then Discarded: How U.S. veterans are banished by the country they swore to protect.”

Salas was injured in a serious car accident this year in Tijuana and required serious medical attention.

This brother, deported for no fucking reason, passed away today. RIP Enrique Salas

Posted by Marlena Fitzpatrick on Thursday, April 12, 2018

According to The Fresno Bee, Miriam Rodriguez, Salas’s sister, applied for an emergency humanitarian parole visa so her brother could get better medical care in San Diego. Salas suffered a heart attack during the 10 days it took for the visa to be approved.

Salas died in the ambulance on his way from Tijuana to San Diego from trauma caused in the accident.

On April 12, at the age of 47, Salas suffered a second heart attack while on the way to San Diego and was pronounced brain dead. The drive from Tijuana to San Diego takes about an hour and it was too long for Salas.

He was given a U.S. military burial in his hometown of Reedley, California and is now buried next to his brother, another fallen veteran.

“Unfortunately, we were not able to bring him back to the United States to seek the medical treatment that he’s entitled to in time to save his life,” Ricardo Franco, chairman of the Committee on Deported Veterans under the Veterans Caucus of the California Democratic Party, told The Fresno Bee.

Salas’s cousin, Fred Martinez, told The Marine Corps Times, “This is a bad way to get back to the states.”

According to the Committee on Deported Veterans, there’s an estimated 1,500 veterans that have been deported.


READ: This Military Veteran Served Two Tours In Afghanistan And Was Deported In The Middle Of The Night

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Samantha Bee Sat Down With Four Undocumented People Who Once Worked For President Trump

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Samantha Bee Sat Down With Four Undocumented People Who Once Worked For President Trump

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President Trump has made it a key part of his presidency to go after undocumented immigrants. He has used tactics to demonize them and uses fearmongering to make sure his base of supporters blame the undocumented community for their problems. Samantha Bee recently sat down with three undocumented people who were once employees of Trump and how they saw a change after his practices were exposed.

Samantha Bee started by asking them if they needed papers when they were first hired.

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“When I got there I asked the supervisor, ‘Do we need papers here?’” one of the women recalled. “And she says, ‘No, no, it doesn’t matter. But in 2016, they started asking for documents. And then my manager told me, ‘This guy will take you somewhere where they make those papers.’”

That’s right. A former housekeeper for President Trump told Samantha Bee that she was not required to have papers are the start of her job but was eventually taken to get fake ones made.

Originally, the undocumented workers for Trump did think that things might get better for them when he was running to be president.

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However, they quickly realized that he was going to do anything but help them if he won the race. Unfortunately, they were right. Trump has a documented record of attacking undocumented immigrants and has started taking aim at legal immigrants.

Within the company, things did change when Trump started his presidential campaign.

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“When he started his campaign, from then on they didn’t let me go to his house,” one woman told Samantha Bee. “So, I would go into Ivanka’s house and sometimes Eric’s when he would visit.”

Yet, instead of firing people for being undocumented when he became the president, he gave them certificates.

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The certificates were to show the employees how much Trump appreciated their hard work while working for him. They originally thought they were pretty cool because they are from the White House. Yet, it was not enough to combat the darkness to come.

It wasn’t long until there was abuse from the supervisors, according to one woman.

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“The supervisor would assign me double shifts,” the first source said. “And she would tell me, ‘This is how we should treat immigrants’—and if we said anything, immigration would come. And when [Trump] called us ‘immigrant rapists,’ the supervisor would say, ‘Good, good, that’s nice because immigrants are no good. Garbage.’ … There were many insults, and she even hit me three times,” she alleged. “So I decided to speak out, because there was so much injustice.”

Watch the full interview below!

READ: Undocumented Employees Are Being Fired From Trump’s Mar-A-Lago Resort After Hiring Practices Were Exposed

‘Ya Me Voy’ Documentary Gives And Intimate And Emotional Look Into The State Of The Immigration Debate In The US

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‘Ya Me Voy’ Documentary Gives And Intimate And Emotional Look Into The State Of The Immigration Debate In The US

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The recent immigration debate in the U.S. has largely centered around the forced separation of families at the southern border and indefinite detentions. However, “Ya Me Voy,” a documentary by Mu Media, is shining light on the internal immigration debate. The story centers on a man living undocumented in the U.S. and his decision to stay in the U.S. or leave and rejoin his family. However, unexpected love and troubles at home in Mexico play a major role in his decision.

“I’m Leaving Now (Ya Me Voy)” is a touching look at the personal immigration debate many undocumented immigrants in the U.S. face.

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Felipe, an undocumented immigrant living in New York, has spent years living away from his family in Mexico. His mission was to find work and send money home regularly to help his family with the ultimate goal to move back to be with his wife and kids.

The documentary starts with Felipe calling his family telling them that he was ready to move back to Mexico and reunite with them.

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After several attempts and changes of mind, Felipe is finally ready to go back home. He had been sending his family money and expects to come home in a better position. It has been 16 years and he has been diligent in sending money back to his family.

However, during a phone call home, he learns that everything he had worked for has fallen apart.

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His family had managed to squander the money he had sent back for them. Not only that, they had gotten themselves into debt. Felipe, who was planning to go home, realizes that it might not be able to go home since the family is now indebted after his 16 years of hard, manual labor in the U.S.

During the documentary, the audience learns that Felipe has fallen in love with a woman in the U.S.

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The romantic relationship complicates his decision to do home. On one hand, he wants to reunite with his sons and wife more than anything. He misses them terribly and knows that his heart ultimately lies with them. However, his family has spent the money he managed to send them and returning would put him back where he was when he came to the U.S. all those years ago. The new romance offers him solace and comfort in the U.S.

We witness Felipe having tough conversations with his new life in the U.S.

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Felipe is trying to determine if he is still able to move back to a family he does not know. It has been so long since he left Mexico that he is essentially a stranger to his children. His wife has been without him for 16 years and he has set unexpected roots in a place that was supposed to be temporary. At one point, you see him telling a vendor that he was preparing to leave and she jokes that she’ll believe it when he is no longer here.

Ultimately, he is forced to make a decision as to whether he is going to stay in the U.S. or be with a family he left years ago.

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His tale is one that so many undocumented immigrants in the U.S. experience. They leave friends and family behind in an attempt to better the lives of those they are leaving behind. Many will never see their family again and have to miss major moments, like funerals, to sacrifice it all to help their family.

Watch the full trailer below.

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