Donald Trump is breaking his campaign pledge to not deport US military veterans, and Rep. Vicente Gonzalez (D-TX) is having none of it. Gonzalez says approximately 1,400 undocumented vets have recently been deported, and that action must be taken now to cease the practice and assist those who have already been kicked out.
On the campaign trail Trump said: “I think the military is a very special thing. If they plan on serving, if they get in, I would absolutely hold those people.” Predictably, Trump has neglected to live up to his rhetoric.
In response to Trump’s failure to defend America’s veterans, Rep. Gonzales is looking for Republican co-sponsorship on legislation aimed at protecting those who fought for our country only to be deported for political gain. In an interview with the Rio Grande Guardian, Gonzales said:
“I am looking for a Republican colleague to join me in this effort. It is the most American thing to do. To take care of our veterans who fought for us. Many were highly decorated veterans that were in Afghanistan and Iraq. Many of them came hope with high levels of PTSD.”
Despite America’s polarized political climate, both parties should be able to get behind pro-veteran legislation. Let’s hope a Republican will answer Rep. Gonzales’ call, and choose to protect those who have sacrificed so much for us.