How can a Vietnam Vet be deported?
Last November, with a noose around his neck and fearing deportation, Vietnam veteran Fredy Gutierrez threatened to leap from a ramp at Florida’s Turnpike and Interstate 595 during morning rush hour.
Thousands of motorists were stuck on the highways because of Gutierrez’s very public and dramatic statement.
“He doesn’t want to hurt anyone,” Teresa Gutierrez said of her husband of 11 years. “He just wants to live out his life in this country.”
Gutierrez has claimed that he had volunteered to join the U.S. Army to fight in Vietnam at age 17. Today, after having lived in the United States for more than 47 years, Gutierrez said authorities want to deport him to his native Colombia because of a criminal history that dates to 1974.
“I was always under the impression that after serving honorably and pledge allegiance to the flag, I was a U.S. citizen,” Gutierrez says in a grim video, which ends with Gutierrez instructing viewers to contact the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on his behalf.