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Immigration Law

15 Years After Deportation, Marine Wins Right to Come Back to U.S.

Miriam Jordan, New York Times, Dec. 18, 2017 - "A Marine Corps veteran who has been living in Mexico for 15 years will return to California this week, in what may be the first time a veteran deported for a criminal conviction has been allowed back into the United States. The former Marine, Marco A. Chavez, was among three deported veterans pardoned in April by Gov. Jerry Brown of California. The pardon set off a chain of events that allowed Mr. Chavez’s green card, or legal permanent residency, to be restored. Mr. Chavez is likely to cross the Mexico-United States border on Thursday to reunite with his family. ... The governor also pardoned Erasmo Apodaca, 47, a former Marine, and Hector Barajas, 40, an Army veteran. Mr. Barajas, who served during Operation Desert Storm, established the Deported Veterans Support House in Tijuana to assist removed veterans. Their pardons cleared the way for them to apply for citizenship, and they will be allowed to return to the United States once their applications have been approved."