Veterans and their families, deported during the previous administration, are coming home to the United States.

President Biden announced plans Friday to bring thousands of deported veterans and their family members back to the United States. The president said that deporting these veterans “failed to live up to our highest values.”

Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said DHS will halt pending deportation proceedings against veterans and their immediate relatives and also accelerate the citizenship application process for them. Veterans deported in the recent past, including their families, will soon be coming home.

“The Department of Homeland Security recognizes the profound commitment and sacrifice that service members and their families have made to the United States of America,” Mayorkas said in a statement Friday. “We are committed to bringing back military service members, veterans, and their immediate family members who were unjustly removed and ensuring they receive the benefits to which they may be entitled.”

The Biden administration’s initiative to bring home veterans deported will be a multi-agency effort that involves the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Defense Department. Officials will review records and confirm that veterans are able to access their health benefits, vaccinations and pursue citizenship. 

A “Military Resource Center” will be formed, accessible both online and with a toll-free number, so that veterans and their families can receive assistance with immigration petitions, forms and applications.

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