U.S. Reverses Decision to Deport Widowed Husband of Soldier Killed in Afghanistan

Jose Gonzalez Carranza and his 12-year-old daughter, who is a US citizen

A man whose wife died in Afghanistan while fighting for the US military was deported and sent to Mexico before he was later returned to the US.

Jose Gonzalez Carranza, 30, was arrested last week by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers (Ice).

He was deported to Mexico, the country of his birth, leaving his 12-year-old daughter, a US citizen, behind.

But after his case was reported by US media, the decision was reversed and he was driven back to Phoenix, Arizona.

What is the background?
Mr Gonzalez Carranza was married to Army Pfc Barbara Vieyra – a first-generation American born to Mexican immigrant parents – in 2007.

Vieyra, who deployed to Afghanistan as a military police officer, was killed by enemy fighters in Konar province, east of Kabul, in 2010 at the age of 22.

After her death, her widower was granted parole in place – a US immigration exemption for “urgent humanitarian reasons or significant public benefit” for the families of service members – according to his lawyer Ezequiel Hernandez.

Mr Gonzalez Carranza himself had illegally entered the US from Veracruz, Mexico in 2004 as a teenager.

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SOURCE: BBC News