Downtown LA Museum of Social Justice has a new exhibit featuring photos of deported veterans

Documentary photographer Joseph Silva has spent six years documenting people he calls family.

“We have the same history. So we can talk about similar things that we did in the army or out of the army,” Silva said.

His new exhibition titled “Deported Veterans” exemplifies just that. He gets to know the veterans who were deported and then asks to take their picture.

Silva is a veteran himself.

“I joined the Navy right out of high school because I wanted to see the world,” Silva said.

According to Silva, every year 5,000 new immigrants join the US military.

“People automatically assume you have to be a US citizen, to be a veteran, that’s not true, you can be a green card holder and join the US military.”

He hopes this exhibit can help people understand that these men and women who put their lives on the line for our county call the United States home. Yet they often don’t stay here long after serving.

“These are men and women who served in the United States military. And with this little crime or this little glitch in the system, they were ignored. They were kicked out,” Silva said.

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