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in Brooklyn figuring he would see the world. He didn expect to end up back in his native Jamaica, raising pigs and barely getting by in the poor village of his childhood. to his Caribbean homeland because he was convicted of a marijuana related felony drug charge in 1997 despite the four years he served in the Navy, including a few months on a supply ship during the first Gulf War.
Bailey said he was duped into the crime by a fellow Jamaican who was serving in the Navy at the time. Hanging out near the Norfolk base, they bonded over music and he didn think twice when his new buddy asked him to sign for a couple of packages at his home. But the parcels contained marijuana and was being tracked by law enforcement.
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Some say the deportees deserve special consideration because of their military service. treated you as a national when you wore the uniform, we should treat you as one when it comes off, said Pennsylvania immigration attorney Craig Shagin, who assists a group for deportees called Banished Veterans. military, they are granted a military funeral and citizenship. But if they finish their service without becoming nationalized and are later arrested, as Bailey was, they are subject to immigration laws passed in 1994 and 1996 that expanded the list of deportable offences. as a green card holder, or legal resident. But the Department of Homeland Security will ultimately decide if the case is reopened. government officials would not discuss specifics of Bailey situation, citing privacy rules. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said the agency prosecutorial discretion for members of the armed forces who have honourably served our country on a case by case basis when appropriate. military veterans who have been Hypershift Nike convicted of felonies in civilian life.
felony possession charge rather than risk a harsher penalty by going to trial. He served 15 months in a Virginia lockup and thought that was the end of it. flight nicknamed Air. shares his story with few people in Jamaica, where stigma against deportees is high and many people struggle to find work. His mother and siblings wire him money because he doesn make nearly enough to support himself by raising just over a dozen pigs.
In Jamaica, Bailey mulls over his mistake and worries about his teenage children, a boy and girl living in Virginia. Once strong students, they are struggling in school.
He still flabbergasted he had to leave the country he vowed to defend. His situation keeps him up at night, especially his inability to provide for his two children. His wife has left him and his marriage is over.
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in August 1997 of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.
so hard, Bailey said, gesturing at a few rough hewn pigpens and yam vines climbing up bamboo sticks. case has drawn the attention of immigration lawyers and media because his crime seems relatively minor and the punishment extreme. military have been deported to countries around the globe in recent years, immigrant advocates estimate. government does not track deportees by veteran status.
Weighed down by worry and bone deep weariness, he wants to get back to his family and the future he thought he was building in Virginia. Bailey was a teenager when he and his siblings followed their mother to New York City as green card holders, and he long considered the United States his home.
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service does not in itself absolve anyone citizens and immigrants alike from the consequences of their actions, said Ira Mehlman, spokesman for the Washington based Federation for American Immigration Reform.
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