An Army veteran deported to Italy nearly years two ago is attempting to return to his Connecticut family by seeking a pardon for drug and larceny convictions and a humanitarian parole that would let him go home for a year.
Arnold Giammarco, a former Army sergeant who served in the military as a legal noncitizen, had lived in the United States for 53 years before his deportation in November 2012. The deportation action came years after he had been convicted and served time in jail. Giammarco had turned his life around by giving up drugs, marrying, becoming a father, and holding down a job. His wife and family have been fighting for his return. He has a five-year-old daughter and elderly, ailing parents.
Giammarco is part of a growing number of noncitizen military veterans who have been deported for crimes for which they have already been punished. Noncitizens have served in the military throughout the country’s history.
A Yale Law School clinic, which is representing Giammarco, submitted the pardon application Wednesday to the Connecticut Board of Pardons and Paroles and filed the humanitarian parole request with the U. S. Citizenship and Immigrations Services in the Department of Homeland Security.
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