US veterans Valenzuela brothers facing deportation to meet with president Obama
Valente and Manuel Valenzuela are U.S. war veterans currently facing deportation. They will meet with president Barack Obama at the 2011 National Council of La Raza Annual Conference, in Washington, DC.
The Department of Homeland Security is deporting hundreds of U.S. war veterans, all of them are non-White.
The Valenzuela brothers were born in Mexico of indigenous parents, and were raised in the U.S. by her U.S. born mother and Mexican father.
Valente Valenzuela volunteered for the U.S. Army in 1965, and he was awarded the Bronze Star for bravery. Manuel Valenzuela volunteered for the Marines in 1971. Both Valenzuela brothers were given an honorable discharge after serving a full term in the Vietnam war.
At their return to the U.S. both brothers showed signs of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and suffered health issues related to the handling of “Agent Orange“. Dealing with depression they got involved in domestic violence cases.
In 2009 the Valenzuela brothers received letters from the U.S. Homeland Security Department stating that the government was seeking to deport them for misdemeanor crimes they had committed decades earlier,
The Valenzuela brothers are fighting for their right to remain in their country, but also for their comrades. Hundreds of U.S. wars veterans are been deported from the United States. The Valenzuela brothers have started a movement to repatriate those U.S. soldiers and bring their families together.
By February 2011, the Valenzuela brothers traveled to Washington, DC, and protested at the U.S. Congress and outside of the White House in February 2011. They also have spoken at colleges and other public places and have given countless news and radio interviews.
This is my interview with the Valenzuela brothers while they were in DC. We talked about their feelings about what it seems to be a racist practice of deporting only non-White veterans:
The Valenzuela brothers will be traveling again to Washington D.C. this July 2011, where they are expected to meet with president Barack Obama at the 2011 NCLR Annual Conference.