Marine walks miles from San Diego, reaches El Paso to bring awareness over deported veterans

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Courtesy: American Veterans Homefront Initiative website

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — The inaugural “Walk the Line” march to bring deported veterans home initiative started on June 28 in San Diego, CA. has now reached El Paso on Tuesday after many miles by foot.

USMC Veteran and CEO/Founder of the American Veterans Homefront Initiative, Ramon Castro, will be joined with local supporters in a peaceful rally in Downtown El Paso as the Repatriate our Patriots organizations.

LULAC (League of Latino American Citizens) and recently Hector Barajas, a U.S. Army Deported Veteran who nearly fought 10 years to become an American Citizen will accompany Mr. Castro as the USMC Veteran continues on his journey across the U.S./Mexico Border to bring awareness to Washington DC to seek immediate relief for deported American Veterans who have served their country.

Castro walked the border in Ciudad Juárez on Monday along with deported veteran Ivan Ocon.

“We hope to pressure the government to the point where they pass legislation, stop sitting on bills that have been introduced and are now sitting on the Veterans Affairs Committee, and introduce to Congress for a vote,” said Castro. “We believe it would have bipartisan support and we’re also hoping to unite all different fractions and moments that are behind this to have a strong and unified front, effort and message to make sure we pass meaningful legislation that will bring deported veterans home.”

“On the other side of the border is where my family is. My daughter, everything,” said Ocon. “I’ll keep on fighting to get back over there. There’s other ways to get over but here we are trying to do the right thing.”

The rally in El Paso will start at 6:00 p.m. at San Jacinto Plaza ( 114 W. Mills Ave.) on Tuesday.

The American Veterans Homefront Initiative said it’s call-to-action outlines three clear goals and asks that the current Biden-Harris administration and U.S. Congress to take swift and bold actions on the following:

1)    Implement, streamline the process for service members and veterans to become citizens immediately. 
2)    Halt deportation of American Veterans.
3)    Pardon all American Veterans who have been deported and bring them home. 

The walk crossed states California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. It will end on August 11, 2021, near Brownsville, TX. 

The American Veterans Homefront Initiative is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit that works solely on contributions. For more information, visit www.americanveteranshomefrontinitiative.com.

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