Deported Army vet hopes to return to U.S.
[trib_ndn vid=25347269]SAN DIEGO – An Army veteran served in the U.S. military, but since has been banned from the country.
Hector Barajas wanted to be solider and enlisted in the U.S. Army right out of high school. He was honorably discharged in 1999. Soon after, Barajas got in trouble with the law and was convicted for discharging of a firearm into a vehicle.
The former paratrooper lived in Los Angeles as a legal resident, but the crime he was convicted of put him on a deportation list under immigration legislation passed in 1996, which increased the number of deportable crimes.
Immigration officials don’t keep track, but some advocacy groups estimate thousands of veterans like Barajas, have been deported to countries all around the world.
“They say no man left behind – I feel I was left behind,” said Barajas. “It hurts, not just on Veterans Day.”
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