WASHINGTON— Today the Department of Homeland Security and Department of Veterans Affairs announced a new initiative to support noncitizen servicemembers, veterans, and their families. The initiative includes a review of policies and practices to prevent the deportation of veterans and a renewed focus on providing deported veterans and their families with the VA benefits they are entitled to.
“This announcement will provide hope to numerous deported veterans and their families who are celebrating Independence Day away from the country they fought for,” said Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva. “It is unconscionable that our nation has turned its back on so many of those willing to put their lives on the line for our country, and these new initiatives will help eligible deported veterans return to the United States and receive the VA benefits they are entitled to. I’ve introduced legislation to bring our veterans home, and I’m pleased the Biden Administration is honoring our commitment to those willing to put on a soldier’s uniform and serve our country.”
Rep. Grijalva reintroduced the Veterans Visa and Protection Act in June 2021 will allow for eligible deported veterans to return to the United States, reunite with their families, and receive VA benefits.