Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Local military vet may be barred from voting

Posted By on Tue, Nov 6, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Yesterday, Denver's FOX 31 brought us word of Manuel Valenzuela, a Colorado Springs resident and military veteran who may be barred from voting.

Here's the TV station:

“We’ve been here since 1955,” said Manuel, who was born in Mexico, to a U.S.-born mother, and moved across the border with his mom and his older brother, Valente, when he was a young boy.

When they became of age, both brothers enrolled in the military — Manuel entered the Marines, while Valente joined the Army.

“I [was] assigned to the 101st Airborne, in Huey, near the DMZ. No man’s land,” said Valente, who received a Bronze Star for his service.

Forty years after being honorably discharged, the brothers received a letter from the Department of Homeland Security, challenging their citizenship and notifying them to appear in court for deportation proceedings.

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