Hector Barajas, a deported veteran of the US Army who has set up a health station for other deported veterinarians in Mexico, became the United States grants citizenship after a 10-year struggle
He will be sworn in on April 13.
"That's great, I'm going home, Ma!" A tearful Barajas said Thursday in Tijuana, according to the Southern California ACLU.
He received the message in "Bunker", the headquarters of the Deported Veterans Support House he founded.
Baajas was flanked by Norma Chávez-Peterson, Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union in San Diego, and Nathan Fletcher, a San Diego county supervisor candidate for the deported veterans.
When Barajas heard the news, he hugged hugs from his vets and promised to continue his work "I. do not stop anyone from you, "he said.
Barajas, 40, was born in Mexico, but grew up in the Compton area of Los Angeles at the age of 7. In 1992, he became a legitimate permanent resident and entered the USArmy three years later, after graduating from high school.
Although he was able to apply for naturalization at the time, he erroneously says that honorable service in the military automatically makes him a US citizen. Members of the military do not have to wait to apply for citizenship but still have to complete standard papers and pass the tests.
Barfajas, a member of the 82nd Airborne Division, received the Army Commendation Medal and Humanitarian Service Medal and was honorably dismissed in 2001 with the rank of Specialist.
Barajas, who has a middle-aged daughter in the US, struggled to re-enter civilian life. In 2002, he entered a charge of shooting at an occupied vehicle. After spending two years in prison and nearly a year in detention, he was deported.
"I have made bad decisions," Barajas said last year of the San Diego Union-Tribune at this time of his life. "I put myself in this situation … I would not bring myself back into this situation."
Barajas struggled to find work in Mexico, but slipped back to the US but was deported in 2010. Traffic Stop
In Tijuana, he focused on helping other deported veterinarians by setting up the auxiliary house providing homes, social services, and legal resources for veterans.
In April, the California government pardoned Jerry Brown Barajas, saying that "he has shown that he has lived a sincere and upright life since his release from custody, that he has displayed a good moral character, and behaved as a law-abiding citizen." In the statement, Brown noted his work with deported veterinarians and said he "paid his debts to society and earned a full and unconditional pardon."
Barajas will be the second deported veteran pardoned by Brown Marco Chavez, Marine Corps veteran who was deported to Mexico in 2002, was allowed to return to the US in December.
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