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April 13, 2018

Rep. Nanette Barragán to host event (4/14) in Compton featuring his family and dignitaries

Deported U.S. Army veteran Hector Barajas, who returned to the U.S. Friday after living the last eight years in Mexico, will be honored at an event at his parent's home in Compton on Saturday. He will be re-united with friends and family, and greeted by several speakers.

Barajas, a decorated vet who received an honorable discharge after serving nearly six years in the military, was granted a full pardon in 2017 by Gov. Jerry Brown for a conviction that led to his deportation. Barajas and activists worked over the last year to secure his return to the U.S.

On Friday, shortly after walking over the border to San Diego, Barajas was sworn-in as a U.S. citizen.

WHAT: Event to welcome Barajas home and hear about efforts to help bring other deported veterans back to the U.S.

WHO: Hector Barajas; Rep. Nanette Barragán (CA-44); Rep. Mark Takano (CA-41); Andrés Kwon, Equal Justice Works Emerson Fellow at the ACLU SoCal; Marine Corps. Veteran Marco Chavez

WHERE: Barajas Family Home at 814 N. Tajauta Ave., Compton, CA

WHEN: Saturday, April 14 at 10 a.m.