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Deported Veteran Becomes U.S. Citizen

Deported Veteran Becomes U.S. Citizen

On April 13, 2018 Hector Barajas-Varela returned to the only place that feels like home – the U.S. On that same day he became an American citizen at a naturalization ceremony in San Diego, CA.

Barajas-Varela is a decorated veteran of the U.S. Army in which he served from 1995 until 2001, when he received an honorable discharge. Only a year later he was deported to Mexico following his no-contest plea for shooting at an occupied vehicle. He returned to America, only to be deported again in 2010.

During his time in Mexico Barajas-Varela founded the Deported Veterans Support House to help other veterans who have been deported and wish to return to the U.S. In fact, a path to citizenship is a promise made to immigrants who enlist in the military.

Despite this promise, over 230 veterans who were born in other countries have already been deported. Now that he is a U.S. citizen Barajas-Varela can travel between his home in America and the Support House to help veterans in the program and to advocate for their right to join him as a naturalized citizen.

If you are facing deportation, whether for crimes or not, please don’t face it alone! The removal defense attorneys at Landerholm Immigration, APC are trained to help you. Please contact our office at (510) 756-4468 to see how we can help you.


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