LAS CRUCES – US Marine Corps veteran Ramon Castro’s trip along the US-Mexico border led him to speak in Las Cruces on Sunday in support of the repatriation of deported veterans.
Castro walked across the California and Arizona borders with Mexico as part of the inaugural ‘Walk the Line’ which began on Monday, June 28 in San Diego – raising awareness of needed relief for veterans Americans deported. Castro is the CEO and Founder of the American Veterans Homefront Initiative and was joined by Repatriate our Patriots and League of Latino American Citizens.
The rally took place on Amador Avenue east in front of a mural depicting a proclamation honoring U.S. military veterans who died in other countries.
Castro traveled to Ciudad Juárez on Monday and visited missing local veterans. He also met one military veteran in particular who seeks medical attention from the Department of Veterans Affairs and is denied entry into the United States.
The three organizations are working together on an official humanitarian visa application from President Joe Biden, which will allow the veteran to enter the country and receive medical assistance.
In a press release, Repatriate Our Patriots says veterans who are legal residents but not U.S. citizens are being deported to their home countries – although there is no clear idea of the number of veterans that were fired. There are also no policies to protect veterans and military personnel from deportation or speeding up the citizenship process.
Castro’s AVHI defines three goals on which the Biden-Harris administration and Congress must act quickly:
- Implement and streamline the process for military members and veterans to become citizens immediately.
- Stop the deportation of American veterans.
- Forgive all the American veterans who were deported and bring them home.
The “Walk the Line” march will continue through New Mexico and Texas, ending August 11 near Brownsville, Texas.