Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Vet hopes to return home


SAN DIEGO — Since learning he had been pardoned by California Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday, Hector Barajas-Varela, a deported U.S. Army veteran now living in Mexico, has more hope that one day he will be able to re-enter the country he considers home.

Mr. Brown’s pardon for Mr. Barajas-Varela and two others — the first time a governor has taken such action for deported veterans — does not guarantee they will be allowed to come back to the U.S. But the pardons may help them in their appeals to federal immigratio­n authoritie­s.

The worldwide community of deported veterans reportedly includes at least 239 people in 34 countries.

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