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A Deported U.S Veteran Is Trying To Help Himself And Other Deported Vets Return To The U.S.
Rosarito Beach, Mexico (CNN) - A U.S. Army paratrooper is trying to help deported veterans, including himself, get back into the U.S.
36-year-old Hector Barajas now lives in Rosarito Beach, Mexico.
He was deported to Mexico after his conviction and 2-year prison sentence for a felony charge of firing a gun into a vehicle.
Barajas came to the U.S. as a child.
He was not a citizen but soon became a permanent green card-carrying resident.
He enlisted in the u-s army when he was 18....and was honorably discharged six years later.
His wife and child...both u-s citizens ... Still live in the u-s.
At the time of his deportation, Barajas filed paperwork to become a U.S. Citizen, but the process was incomplete.
Barajas' support group...called banished veterans .... Estimates some 40-thousand veterans have been deported from the u-s since 1996. As an honorably discharged veteran he has a right to be buried on u.s. Soil.
And as of right now, that's the only way he can return.