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Veteran threatened with deportation seeks pardon for crime


CHICAGO (AP) — The Illinois Prisoner Review Board is being asked to intervene on behalf of an Army veteran with a green card who faces deportation because of a drug conviction.

Advocates for Miguel Perez Jr. want the board to recommend that Gov. Bruce Rauner issue a pardon. They hope as a result, the Department of Homeland Security would grant the 38-year-old Perez citizenship retroactively to when he joined the military in 2001.

Perez served two tours in Afghanistan. He's being held a Wisconsin detention center where he awaits deportation to Mexico.

Perez pleaded guilty to a drug charge for handing a laptop case containing cocaine to an undercover officer. He served half of a 15-year prison sentence.
Assistant Cook County State's Attorney Peter Goutos said Thursday his office opposes clemency for Garcia.

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