Governor Rauner denies clemency to vet facing deportation
CHICAGO (CNN NEWSOURCE) —
Governor Rauner has refused to pardon a U.S. Army veteran with a green card who faces deportation because of a 2008 drug conviction.
Perez served two tours in Afghanistan.
He says he mistakenly thought he became a U.S. citizen when he took an oath to protect the nation.
Last month, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago rejected Miguel Perez Jr's argument that his life would be in danger if he were deported to Mexico.
Advocates hoped a pardon from Rauner would encourage the government to grant citizenship to Perez, retroactive to when he joined the military in 2001.
However, Rauner turned down the clemency request.
Perez is currently being held in a Wisconsin detention center where he awaits deportation.