You may have seen the above photo being shared on social media over Veterans Day weekend. It's a real photo, taken by Herika Martinez, a photographer for the international news agency Agence France-Presse, at a Memorial Day 2017 event.
AFP shared it on Twitter then:
Mexicans who served in US Army with the promise of becoming citizens but ended up being deported, protest on Memorial Day in Ciudad Juarez pic.twitter.com/nRSpFAx8Ie— AFP news agency (@AFP) May 30, 2017
Al Jazeera reported on a similar protest held over Veterans Day weekend in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, just over the border from El Paso, TX.
The guy in the center of the photograph is Sgt. Ivan Ocon, who served in the U.S. Army from 1997 to 2004, and deployed with Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003. He was deported in 2016 and now heads the Deported Veterans Support House in Juarez (nativists take note: click on the link and you'll see that the site is in English).
Many of the veterans joined the military because they believed (or were promised) that service would put them on a fast track to citizenship. While that was true in some cases, it most definitely was no guarantee.
Another fact, for you resistance types: this is not a new policy. The Clinton administration began deporting undocumented veterans back in 1996 and the program has continued through every adminstration since.
Still don't think this is real? Our friends over at Task & Purpose covered this issue back in 2015 and Military.com has covered the issue as well:
What do you think? Should undocumented veterans be deported? Or should their service create a path to citizenship? Sound off!
(This post was inspired by a Snopes.com post. Check out their video explanation of the story below.)