Discharged and Deported: Exiled Veterans of America

Deported U.S. Marine Corps veteran Michael Hugo Evans, 40, cleans himself up inside his apartment in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, México, Wednesday, July 25, 2018.

Evans was adopted by an American family in 1984. He enlisted in the Marines as a green card holder in 1996 and was honorably discharged in 2000. During his military service, he was stationed in Camp Pendleton, California and was part of the first class to go through the Crucible, the final stage of a Marine recruit’s training which includes food and sleep deprivation in addition to over 45 miles of marching during a 54-hour field exercise. In 2009, Evans was deported to México after completing a 52-month sentence for conspiracy to distribute narcotics.