The deported veteran will be a US citizen in April, nearly a year after the governor of California. Jerry Brown granted him a full pardon for a crime he committed before being deported to Mexico.
Barajas burst into tears on Thursday when he read a letter telling him to attend a San Diego naturalization ceremony.
"Fourteen years, man," he said, sobbing. "Oh my god, that's great."
Life after the military
Barajas was brought from his parents to the United States from Mexico at the age of seven in 1
He had a green card when he was proudly fired in the 82nd Airborne Division from 1995 to 2001. But he lost it as he struggled with civilian life.
An arrest, after firing a gun from his vehicle, led him to a guilty plea for unlawful firing and two years in jail.
He was deported to Mexico and left his daughter behind.
& # 39; I will not stop & # 39;
Barajas quickly became a leader among those who were expelled from the land they were willing to die for.
In 2013, he transformed a two-story apartment in Tijuana, Mexico, into a secure home called Deported Veterans Support House or "The Bunker."
As he worked to find a way to return legally to the US He did not hesitate to help others. He spent days and nights in the apartment, covered with military posters, hanging US flags, helping deported veterans look for work, and was tidied up.
Moments after reading his letter, Barajas turned to other veterans.
"I will not stop at any of you," he told them.