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Hector Barajas, Ekaterine Bautista, Fernando Sacoto, and Liliana Plata …

Hector Barajas, Ekaterine Bautista, Fernando Sacoto, and Liliana Plata are only four of the many who served in the U.S. military while undocumented, or who became undocumented after their military service. This is another aspect of our immigration system that indicates a larger, more underlying issue with our approach to …

Hector Barajas, Ekaterine Bautista, Fernando Sacoto, and Liliana Plata are only four of the many who served in the U.S. military while undocumented, or who became undocumented after their military service. This is another aspect of our immigration system that indicates a larger, more underlying issue with our approach to immigration policy: there remains no clear path to citizenship for many immigrants who love this country so much, that they are willing to risk their life for it. 

Hector Barajas
U.S. Army paratrooper, 82nd Airbourne
Hector is veteran who was a legal permanent resident from Mexico, but was convicted of shooting into a car in Los Angeles, a felony. After serving 2 years in prison, he was deported to Mexico. There are others who have been deported after serving in the military.

Source: Public Radio International

Ekaterine Bautista
U.S. Army Specialist
Ekaterine is a veteran who was a teenage undocumented immigrant from Mexico, but volunteered to serve in Iraq.

Source: The Seattle Times

Fernando Sacoto
U.S. Army Specialist
Fernando is a veteran who immigrated to the United States from Ecuador, and served in Germany. He is now a citizen because he registered for service during a period of wartime.

see his story at defineamerican.com

Liliana Plata
U.S. Air Force

Liliana Plata was an undocumented immigrant from Mexico, who came to the U.S. when she was 10. She served in Iraq, but in 2010 U.S. Immigration and Citizenship Services denied her application for citizenship.

Source: WALB News 10
Source: The Wall Street Journal

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