NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - After Arnold Giammarco was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army, he struggled with drug addiction and did brief stints in prison for shoplifting in the 1990s and was homeless at times. But he turned his life around, got clean, became a father in 2008, found work and married.
But after more than 50 years of living legally in the United States, he was deported last year to his native Italy over drug possession and larceny convictions. Now the Connecticut man is fighting his deportation, arguing immigration authorities never acted on his citizenship application.
A Yale Law School professor representing Giammarco said his deportation represents a shameful departure from the country's historic treatment of veterans.
A spokesman for immigration officials declined to comment on the case. Officials contend his application wasn't completed.
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