This is Hector Barajas. He served in the 82nd Airborne. He was honorably discharged in 2001. And then he was deported.
The story became major news in 2016, but it’s been a known problem for a long time: American immigration law demands the deportation of every green card holder convicted of a crime, and military service does not automatically confer citizenship. Soldiers ending their time in uniform are far more likely than average to have trouble with the law. And, until recently, the (more…)