On Wednesday morning, some of the military deportees were allowed to return to the U.S. if only for a brief period of time. They were given permission to cross the border through the San Ysidro Port of Entry so they could get their COVID-19 vaccinations.
Deported veteran Alex Murillo said that they are very happy getting a chance to be back home. Murillo, who served in the Gulf War, was deported nine years ago after serving three years in prison for marijuana possession. He welcomed the opportunity though he knew that the stay was only short. He is excited and is vaccinated since it is the first step for their citizenship process.
The veterans are part of the Deported Veterans Resource Center in Tijuana run by Robert Vivar. The people who run the U.S. The Deported Veterans Resource Center in Tijuana believes there are at least 1,000 military deportees living in some 40 countries, with at least several dozen in their backyard in the Mexican state of Baja California. They are no longer forgotten, they are being counted and they are being taken into consideration,” said Vivar. The opportunity to enter the United States even for a few minutes, touch the soil of the country they were willing to die for through their military service is very emotional for them.
Vargas, who represents California’s 51st District, said that they will continue for the new veterans abroad. To provide necessary health-related resources for all who have dutifully served the nation.