Deported Veterans of America: Daniel Torres
Directed by Nuno Pinto
Daniel Torres was born in Tijuana. When he was a child his family moved to the United States. As many others, they overstayed their visas and became illegal immigrants. When he was 21, Daniel was recruited to the Marine. But in order to enlist he had to lie: he said that he was American when he wasn’t. After a seven months deployment in Afghanistan he volunteered for another tour in Iraq. But when the truth about his legal status came to light, he was discharged and became undocumented again. This is his personal story of he was able to get his U.S. citizenship on the basis of his military record.
Nuno Pinto was born in Lisbon, Portugal in 1978. He graduated from Universidade Lusíada with a degree in International Relations and started working as a journalist in 2002. He is currently an executive editor at SÁBADO news magazine. He has written four books: the first about a high society crime; the second gathered 50 soldiers accounts of the Portuguese colonial war; the third about the Portuguese that joined ISIS; and the last one about a Portuguese that joined the Kurdish militia YPG to fight ISIS. In 2010 he was a fellow at the Committee of Concerned Journalists in Washington DC and in 2015 he was a consultant for the UN Office on Drugs and Crime. In 2016 he visited the US to cover the elections and and found out about deported veterans. He felt compelled to write their story.
Mike Seely / Iraq, Local Film Showcase, Afghanistan / USA / 2017 / Documentary / 30 minsTwo military veterans, both green card immigrants willing to die for their country, find themselves deported and are now fighting to be heard. A persuasive and intimate look at the human consequences of current U.S. immigration policy.
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