When the recruiters went to speak to him, they showed him videos of all they were going to give him. This was fantasy. They're so young that they're easily convinced.
— Livier Ayala, mother
Ayala wrote to an immigration judge to say it was unfair that he should be fighting for the United States while the government denied his mother, a Mexican immigrant, legal residency. The judge agreed.
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