TASK & PURPOSE --- Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has denied clemency to a former U.S. Army soldier and green card holder with a felony drug conviction, increasing the likelihood that the Afghanistan War veteran will soon be deported to his native Mexico. Rauner's decision to turn down the clemency request for Miguel Perez Jr., a father of two who left Mexico when he was 8 years old and grew up in Chicago, was delivered by mail to his family on Feb. 7. The denial may be the final straw for advocates of immigration reform who've waged a protracted battle to keep Perez in the country.
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