This Mural Honoring Deported U.S. Veterans Could Be Torn Down

  • by: Care2 Team
  • recipient: U.S. Customs and Border Patrol
In the military, flying an American flag upside down signals distress. It's a call for help, help from your fellow soldiers and your country in general. In California, along the border between the U.S. and Mexico, a giant upside down flag flies high above passersby's heads but no one is answering the call.

This particular Star Spangled Banner is a mural, painted along the border structure in 2013 by United States Navy Veteran and artist Amos Gregory to symbolize the plight of deported American vets -- those people who bravely served and fought for the United States but were still judged unfit to be called Americans by the U.S. government. According to some estimates, there are hundreds or even thousands of U.S. servicemen and women who have been pushed out of the country.

Now, this symbol of distress is in need of help itself. After President Trump visited the border area to inspect prototypes for the long-promised border wall, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) are threatening to tear down this poignant reminder of the brave heroes that are now relegated to the other side of the border.

This mural has been there for five years and now, after Trump's visit, CBP is coincidentally considering removing it?

Our deported vets may be gone, but their struggle for citizenship isn't over and they shouldn't be forgotten. Please sign the petition and ask CBP not to remove this important border artwork.
Update #13 years ago
For Memorial Day weekend Amos Gregory, vet and creator of the border mural, and a group of deported vetstraveled to the border fence and repainted the mural in a direct challenge to the CBP and DHS. Please share this petition to keep up the pressure.
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