The plight of non-citizen U.S. military veterans who face deportation was discussed Tuesday during a Congressional hearing that examined the impact of immigration policies on active service members, veterans and their families.

The hearing came a week after the deportation of Jose Segovia Benitez, a long-time Long Beach resident and former Marine who fought for the U.S. in Iraq before running afoul of the law.

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U.S. Marine combat veteran Jose Segovia Benitez was deported Tuesday night to El Salvador to the surprise of his lawyers who were told they had more time to fight for him.

"They snuck him out in the middle of the night," said Texas attorney Tom Sanchez, who recently joined efforts to help keep the Long Beach resident from being deported.

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Associated Press/Eric Gay

Yea Ji Sea joined the U.S. Army more than four years ago hoping to serve her new country and, in the process, earn her citizenship.

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