The tearful moment a deported US veteran’s luck changed.


The tearful moment a deported US veteran’s luck changed.



  1. Well to be perfectly honest, in my humble opinion, of course without offending. anyone who thinks differently from my point of view, but also by looking into this matter in a different perspective and without being condemning of one’s view’s and by trying to make it objectified, and by considering each and every one’s valid opinion, I honestly believe that I completely forgot what I was going to say.

  2. Why didn’t he become a citizen? The military used to have a rule if you wanted to re-enlist the third time, you had to be an American citizen. I guess under Obama military they didn’t enforce it. It’s actually also a big security breach. How was he able to get a security clearance?

  3. Is one success really a success?

    Something tells me that the fact that he worse a uniform alone is the reason he got citizenship….because he was willing to give his life, and that this is to encourage others to give their lives for evil wars

    He should have got citizenship for being a good person, irrespective of everything else about him

    I’m happy for him, but I think it just papers over a huge , disgraceful issue

  4. Sadly it`s no longer a thrill to be awarded citizenship although of course if you have American born family here it would be important. Living here with Trump, guns and religious lunatics is challenging at best.

  5. The USA’s hard-line right wing, pro-military, ‘respect veterans’ trope is easily falsifiable. It doesn’t care for those who have fought for it. Not enough to give them timely access to mental health services. Not enough to actually provide healthcare, like every other developed nation. Not enough to even allow them to live in the country. The USA is poisonous.

  6. it would be so nice if BBC could actually report a fare and balance story. There are many in US military who are NOT citizens. They are offered an expedite path to citizens ship, usually after their first tour of duty. But THEY have to submit the paper work…THEY have to follow up. Sad story, but this soldier, at some point, failed to do what was necessary to obtain the US citizen ship. I know this from first hand experience with my wife at the time. He screwed up by not doing what was necessary and he ultimately paid for it. As you can see from the story, ultimately he did what was necessary, albeit the hard way, and is now a US citizen…case closed.

  7. Anyone who was accepted into the military of this country and served with honor should automatically have citizenship. He and they were willing to lay down their lives for this country. More than the current Anti-immigrant President was willing to do.

  8. He had his residency. You have to wait 5 years to apply for the citizenship . If He committed a felony during those 5 years of residency, might no elegible to become a naturalized citizen of U.S . It is one of the requirements , no felonies ,unpaid child support and in some cases DUI’s(drinking and driving) whatever he did , he proved that he deserves to be here in this Country. How ironic , the system takes it really serious, but we have already U.S citizens shooting and killing other citizens.

  9. “Born in Mexico but raised in the Los Angeles area, Mr Barajas enlisted in the Army after becoming a legal permanent resident. He mistakenly believed that serving in the Army would automatically grant him citizenship.”

  10. Leviticus 19:33-34 (NIV)
    33 “‘When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them. 34 The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the Lord your God.

  11. “The U.S.os the worst for deporting a man that, though he served in the military, pleaded no contest to a felony offense of discharging a firearm onto somebody’s vehicle, and therefore had his immigrant status revoked..”

    If you guys can’t see that this was was deported for his own decisions, I don’t know what to tell you. He was allowed to live here for as long as he was because he wasn’t breaking the law, but when an immigrant does break the law, of course they will be deported.

  12. No one gets deported without a reason. “Compton-raised Barajas joined the military after graduating high-school in 1995 and served until 2001, when he was honorably discharged. In 2002, he was sentenced to two years in prison for shooting at an occupied car, Task & Purpose reported. The government revoked his green card, and Barajas was deported to Mexico in 2004.

    “I made bad decisions,” Barajas told The San Diego Union-Tribune last year. “I put myself in that situation… I wouldn’t put myself in that situation again.””

  13. This is kind of reminiscent of the UK and it’s treatment of Gurkha service personnel. It took a huge campaign for them to get equal pension rights to UK born troops despite them being one of the most feared and respected regiments of any military world wide.

    How any government could employ anyone and not give them all equal status is beyond me. I’m proud to say that my local town is now home to the Gurkha Regiment and I love seeing them about the place. Respectful, quiet and calm soldiers, but I’d never pick a fight with one.

  14. Let’s remember that he was deported due to a conviction for participating in a gang related drive-by shooting. I seem to recall there is currently an uproar about something to do with gun violence…

  15. Excuse me for my ignorance. Prior to imigration feform I assumed personnel serving in the US military, any branch, would automatically be grated or given citizenship. Not necessarily so, to my surprise. Why wouldn’t, someone who was willing to give thier life to a country be given citizenship? What’s more American than sacrificing one’s self for the betterment of it’s citizens?! This man out to become a citizen and his family without question.


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