Deported Army Veteran Returns To Chicago For Citizenship Hearing

Miguel Perez press conference`
Deported veteran Miguel Perez Jr. appears at a news conference at Lincoln United Methodist Church in Pilsen on Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019. Perez has been allowed to return to Chicago for several weeks to pursue his citizenship application. Manuel Martinez / WBEZ
Miguel Perez press conference`
Deported veteran Miguel Perez Jr. appears at a news conference at Lincoln United Methodist Church in Pilsen on Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019. Perez has been allowed to return to Chicago for several weeks to pursue his citizenship application. Manuel Martinez / WBEZ

Deported Army Veteran Returns To Chicago For Citizenship Hearing

An Army veteran who was denied U.S. citizenship and deported to Mexico in 2018 is back in Chicago to meet with immigration officials.

Miguel Perez Jr., 41, was deported after serving jail time for a drug-related conviction. He was pardoned by Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker in September, which could make him eligible for citizenship.

Morning Shift breaks down the latest in this story.

GUEST: Michael Puente, WBEZ reporter

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