Senators have come together to to help a former navy veteran return to the U.S. after being deported to Jamaica nearly 20 years after being arrested for a cannabis charge.
Californian Senator Alex Padilla and Virginia Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner took action on July 1 in an attempt to help former veteran Howard Bailey. The three senators penned a letter, urging President Joe Biden administration’s Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to grant Bailey humanitarian parole in order to allow him to return to the U.S.
“The Biden administration has committed to honoring family unity and redressing racial injustices where possible. Returning Mr. Bailey to the U.S., in light of his overwhelming positive equities and the injustice of his deportation, honors these priorities and is a small step toward restoring humanity to the U.S. immigration system,” the Senators wrote in a joint letter to Secretary Mayorkas.
Originally born in Jamaica, Bailey moved to the U.S. when he was 17 years old, and obtained lawful permanent residence because his mother was a U.S. citizen. Shortly after graduating high school, he joined the U.S. navy and served for two tours in Operation Desert Storm.
Not only was he awarded the National Defense Service Medal, but