The California authorities decided to apologize for deportation to veterans Hector Barajas (Hector Barajas) and granted him American citizenship. The US Citizenship and Immigration Office in San Diego issued documents to him on April 13.
A former US Army paratrooper whose work on behalf of deported veterans attracted widespread attention to his case, became a US citizen on Friday, giving immigration lawyers a rare reason for celebration. Hector Barajas, deported to Mexico in 2010, took the oath of citizenship in a small private ceremony at the government office in San Diego in full military uniform. “I live again in the American Dream,” he said, holding a small American flag in his hand during a press conference.
Barajas founded the House of Support for Deported Veterans in the Mexican border town of Tijuana, providing them with shelter. Broad coverage in the media, support from members of Congress and the participation of the Union of Civilians made him famous.
Last year, California Governor Jerry Brown pardoned him on the verdict of 2002, because of which Barahas was deported. Brown took such a decision, relying on military service and propaganda work of Barahas. The US Citizenship and Immigration Service informed him in March that he had been granted citizenship.
Barajas came to the United States from Mexico when he was 7 years old, and received a “green card” through the family. After high school he served in the US Army from 1995 to 2001, in the 82nd Airborne Division, received several military awards and was honorably dismissed. After the prison he was deported to Mexico in 2004, he did not speak Spanish and could not find a job. He returned to the United States and was again deported in 2010 after the police detained him for violating traffic rules.