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Iraq War veteran from Portland now facing deportation

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

An Iraq war veteran who calls Portland home is now being detained by at an Immigrations and Customs Enforcement detention center in Washington.

ICE officials confirmed to FOX 12 that 42-year-old Chong Kim was taken into custody due to a prior felony conviction for attempting to commit arson in Multnomah County. Kim also has a record of robbery, burglary, and harassment.

Navy veteran Jordan Meyers told FOX 12 that Kim is a close friend who suffered from PTSD. He explained that Kim has lived in the U.S. since he was around 5 years old after his family legally emigrated from South Korea.

Meyers called Kim an American hero who was in the National Guard for more than 5 years and served as an Army specialist and as a rifleman in Iraq, and he said he spoke with Kim on the phone this week.

“He’s having a hard time, he’s scared, I think he doesn’t know exactly what to do,” Meyers said. “I think he feels betrayed and I would too. Betrayal can be very devastating for a person. He probably feels like he gave this large investment of his life to his country, and then feels a cast-away.”

ICE officials say Kim will remain detained while his immigration case is reviewed by the executive office for immigration review and the Department of Justice.

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