Rep. Correa to Chair Hearing TODAY on Immigration and Veterans

Hector Barajas-Varela. Photo by Brian L. Tran, courtesy Deported Veterans Support House Facebook page

Today (Tuesday, Oct. 29), the House Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship will hold a hearing on “The impact of current immigration policies on service members and veterans, and their families.” Representative Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana) will chair the hearing.

“We are a nation of immigrants,” Rep. Correa said. “This hearing focuses on the service immigrant servicemembers provide our country and what we as a nation must do to keep our promises to them. No one who puts on the uniform and is honorably discharged should be subjected to what our immigrant veterans face. As every soldier knows, you never leave a soldier behind. We, as a nation, continue to leave these immigrant soldiers and their families behind. That must end.”

In fact, federal officials seem to be taking extra effort to deport U.S. military veterans. According to this June 12, 2019 Military Times story, federal officials aren’t even following U.S. procedures that explicitly require them to consider prior military service before deportation.

In any case, here’s a list of witnesses who will testify at  today’s hearing, according to Rep. Correa’s office:

Hector Barajas-Varela: He’s a deported veteran who was deported for a conviction related to discharging a firearm. But former California Jerry Brown pardoned him, and he’s now a U.S. citizen. Today he advocates for deported veterans and is the director and founder of Deported Veterans Support House.

Margaret Stock: Lieutenant Colonel (Retired), Military Police Corps, U.S. Army Reserve. Stock is one of the most capable immigration attorneys in the country on veteran issues.

Jennie Pasquarella: Director of Immigrants’ Rights/Senior Staff Attorney with American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California. She and ACLU SoCal have worked a great deal with deported veterans, and will speak to the obstacles they have faced in the past as well as new hurdles for green card holders that have been put in place by the Trump Administration.

Mark Metcalf: (Republican guest) Former immigration judge and Lieutenant Colonel in the Army National Guard.

The hearing will start today at 11 a.m. Pacific time (2 p.m. Eastern time) and take place in the Capitol’s Rayburn Building. Click here to watch the hearing live online.

3 Replies to “Rep. Correa to Chair Hearing TODAY on Immigration and Veterans”

  1. its about time this gets going. google HR2759 and HR 2760 and HR2761. these bills should have flown thru congress but our great leaders on both sides of the aisle are digusting people who care NOT for vets. A marine was recently deported. yes he committed crimes after being honorably. BUT if maybe the VA or somebody would have helped him with his PTSD (head wound overseas) he may not have been self medicating. Jose Segovia-Benitez, is his name. My brothers and sisters of the uniform who are not citizens should be getting an honorable discharge in one hand and citizenship papers in the other hand, on the same day. All people who value vets, Call congress and ask them about the above bills. most dont even know they exist. Thank you

  2. Democrat-Socialist 2020 Platform & Goals:

    -Massive tax increases.

    -End all deportations of illegal aliens (if you get here, you stay.)

    -Drivers licenses for illegal aliens.

    -Voting rights for non citizens.

    -Welfare & Food Stamps for illegal aliens. (Warren)

    -Increase refugee’s from the third world.

    -Non citizens allowed to hold public office.


    -Open Borders.

    -Sanctuary Cities.

    -Decriminalize illegal entry into our country.

    -De-fund & terminate Border Patrol & ICE.

    -Disarming Americans.

    -Green new deal.

    -End of Electoral College

    -Free medicare care for all including non citizens (taxpayer funded)

    -!00% free college for all, including non citizens. (tax payer funded)


    -Susie & Bobby using the same restrooms.

    -Late term abortions up to 9 months.


    -Pay check for every person in the US even if they choose not to work.

    *Sources: Straight from the Democrat’s themselves. View their

    speeches / debates on you tube.The choice is yours.-

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