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“Where are you from, Nero?” “South Central Los Angeles.”
Did you know there are thousands of soldiers in the U.S. military who aren’t American citizens? They’re dubbed “green card soldiers” and they are legal residents of the U.S. Some of them get a fast track to citizenship for their service. Some have been deported to their country of birth after being arrested for crimes like drug possession and DUI. Others die in battle and are buried in the country they came from – not the U.S.
A new movie titled “Soy Nero” tells the story of a teenager who grows up in Los Angeles and is deported back to Mexico with his parents. After he crosses the border and makes it back to Los Angeles, he joins the military with the hope of earning his citizenship – but Nero’s reality is much harsher than he dreamed.
Actor Tony Ortiz, who plays Nero in the movie, made a passionate statement about green card soldiers during a recent interview:
Film Raises Issue of Soldiers Who Are Rejected From U.S. After…The U.S. is breaking its promise to give citizenship to foreigners who enlist in the U.S. military. A new film called ‘Soy Nero’ highlights the issue.
Posted by HuffPost LatinoVoices on Friday, February 19, 2016