This deported veteran found out that he’s coming home to the United States.
Hector Barajas was born in Mexico and raised in LA. He served in the U.S. arm from 1995-2001, when he was honorably discharged. But, in 2044, Barajas’ green card was revoked after he was arrested for shooting at a vehicle.
He explained, “Basically I went to prison in 2004 and, over the years, through my advocacy and the work that I’ve been doing, finally connected with the right people, and they were able to get me a pardon.”
After being forced to leave his daughter in the U.S., Barajas dedicated his life to helping other deported veterans. In 2013, he founded The Deported Veterans Support House and, in April 2017, California Governor Jerry Brown pardoned him — which he officially found out in March 2018.
He and the ACLU have identified 239 deported veterans from at least 34 countries. He says he will continue to work with deported vets, stating, “These guys have shown their commitment to the United States by serving their country, they’re willing to put their lives on the line. And I salute them. And our country should salute them. So, thank you guys.”