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Army veteran faces deportation following jail sentence

Miguel Perez / Source: WGN via CNN Miguel Perez / Source: WGN via CNN
CHICAGO, IL (KFDA) -

A federal judge has ordered an Army veteran, who has served two tours of duty, to be deported after he was convicted and jailed for selling narcotics.

Miguel Perez, who came to the U.S. from Mexico as a child, was sentenced in 2010 and served 7 years in jail for selling cocaine.

"It's a complicated case," Sen. Dick Durban said. "We don't want dangerous people to remain in this country, but we ought to have our eyes wide open. Here's a man who risked his life for this country. Maybe he can pay his price for what he's done wrong here, and still get a chance to stay here."

Prior to his conviction, Perez served two tours of duty in Afghanistan and reportedly suffered a brain injury during an explosion. Court records show he was diagnosed with P.T.S.D. after returning home. 

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