Tuesday, June 07, 2016 11:12 AM
SPRINGFIELD — Majority Caucus Whip Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago) is continuing her push for deported veterans to be returned home to the United States.
Martinez passed a resolution out of the Senate last week encouraging the President of the United States and members of Congress to return veterans who have been deported to their families and communities in the United States.
“We need to end immoral deportation policies and allow our veterans, who are American heroes, to be reunited with their family members,” Martinez said.
The deportation of veterans is a topic that has drawn attention nationwide in the media, sparking outrage and prompting mobilization of veterans’ advocates.
After fighting for our nation, many veterans struggle to integrate back into society and can develop substance abuse issues and legal problems. Some of these veterans, despite having legal permanent residence prior to serving in the armed forces, are deported to Mexico.
“Better support systems need to be in place for our veterans when they come home,” Martinez said. “After everything our service members do to keep us safe and secure, we owe them the resources they need for a smooth transition into civilian life.”
Martinez recently met with veterans and advocates in the Capitol who are supporting her resolution.
Senator Iris Y. Martinez
Majority Caucus Chair
Years served: 2003 - Present
Committee assignments: Education; Energy; Gaming; Labor; Licensed Activities and Pensions (Chairperson); Transportation.
Biography: Born Feb. 25, 1956, in Chicago; earned her bachelor's degree in public policy and administration from Northeastern Illinois University in 2009; elected president of the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators. She is also the Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus Co-Chair; has one daughter.