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US Failed Deported Vets, ACLU Report Says

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The American Civil Liberties Union of California said in a report released Wednesday that the federal government failed to ensure service members became naturalized during their military careers. Without clear direction and guidance, many vets misunderstood the Naturalization process. Many of them believed that  their military service automatically made them U.S. citizens.  For those who attempted to file their Naturalization applications on their own, many of their applications were either lost, or misplaced.

In a statement, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said it is extremely deliberate in its review of cases involving veterans. Any action that could result in the removal of someone with military service has to be authorized by the senior leadership in a field office, following an evaluation by local counsel, DHS said. It is unclear how many veterans have been deported over the years. ACLU officials said the Deported Veterans Support House in Tijuana has been in contact with almost 250 deported veterans living in at least 34 countries.

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