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Veteran threatened with deportation for past offense

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Bloomfield veteran Clayton Gordon is possible deportation. (WFSB) Bloomfield veteran Clayton Gordon is possible deportation. (WFSB)

Bloomfield veteran Clayton Gordon has lived an American dream he knows could end at any second.

Gordon is the owner of a contracting company and has lived in the United States since he was six years old.

After he graduated from high school, Gordon enlisted in the army.

He served for six years at Fort Hood until he was honorably discharged.

In 2009, Gordon was arrested for drug possession and was put on probation.

Four years after the incident, he was approached by immigration enforcement.

Channel 3's Kevin Hogan spoke with Gordon.

"They boxed me in, once they boxed me in, the lights came on," Gordon said. "I was paranoid, I had no idea what I did." 

Gordon was detained for six months as a result of the prior arrest and was threatened with deportation.

"I've always believed in second chances, but they make it seem like you can't get any second chances," said Gordon.

While Gordon was detained, he met a man named Mark Reid, who was also a veteran from Jamaica.

Reid studied law while in prison and graduated with several certificates.

"I took an oath to defend the Constitution of the United States and here I am, now facing deportation," said Reid.

He is now a paralegal whose firm is suing the government because of his experience.

"I made one mistake and for that mistake, they're planning on taking me away from my family. The home I paid for. My business," said Gordon.

Both men fear deportation on a daily basis, hoping they won't be ripped away from their families for a mistake the government won't let them forget.

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