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    2 US Army Veterans Deported to Mexico Win US Citizenship

    2 US Army Veterans Deported to Mexico Win US Citizenship

    — After fighting in , former U.S. Army soldier Mauricio Hernandez Mata returned home with post-traumatic stress, which he says eventually led to getting in trouble with the law and being deported to Mexico — a country he had not lived in since he was a boy.

    On Wednesday, he and another deported veteran were sworn in as U.S. citizens at a special naturalization ceremony in San Diego.

    The two veterans were among 65 who have been allowed back into the United States over the past year ago as part of a growing effort by the Biden administration called the Immigrant Members and Veterans Initiative to make amends with immigrants who served in the U.S. military only to wind up deported.

    Hundreds of U.S. military veterans, including some who were charged with crimes such as drunk driving or theft, have been deported over the years in what immigration advocates and others have called an unfair punishment to those who took up arms in the name of the United States. Many are still struggling to find legal help to return, according to the American Civil Liberties Union.

    “After my deportation, yeah, I never thought this day would come,” said Hernandez, 41, dressed in a black suit and tie after being presented his U.S. citizenship certificate. “It's definitely been a long road. I'm glad that we were given a second chance as anybody that is either American-born or fought for America should…

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