Egyptian living on the streets of LA says he wants to join the US Army and fears being deported

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By Michael Swaney

An Egyptian man who has been mostly living on the streets of Los Angeles’s infamous “Skid Row” says he fears deportation.

During an interview with a journalist conducting interviews with people who live and work on the streets illegally in the city, the man, who identifies as “Rebecca” opened up about his life.

He covered many topics, such as sex work, drug use, and his plans for the future.

When asked if he feared being deported by journalist, Mark Laita, he said, “I don’t want to suck on anyone’s toes,” seemingly referring to his current profession of sex work.

“I want to stay in America. I want to be an American. I can not get deported.”

“I want to enlist in the U.S. Army,” he added.

He said if he were deported back to Egypt, he would have to serve in their military due to their mandatory service law.

Egypt has required men to fulfill a 12 to 36-month service obligation, followed by a 9-year reserve obligation, since the National Conscription Law of 1948.

“I was going to go to London to try and claim asylum but then I tried to kill myself so they kicked me out of boarding school,” Rebecca said.

He claims his father sent him to a mental hospital in Cairo after the suicide attempt.

He added that he would be “set on fire” and “slaughtered” in Egypt because he’s a “witch” if he were to return.

Rebecca said he became homeless in the United States by accident while “gypsying around America.”

“I’ve been rich before, I’ll do it again,” he said.

He is currently staying at a hotel provided by Mark and living on the streets of Santa Monica.

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