Raul Grijalva

U.S. military veterans deported to Mexico say they want to come back home

U.S. military veterans deported to Mexico say they want to come back home

Deported U.S. military veterans told members of a U.S. congressional delegation visiting Tijuana on Saturday that they had paid dearly for their crimes and wanted to come home.

“I committed a crime and I accept it,” said Eduardo Agustin Garcia, 59, a former U.S. Navy airman who grew up in Oxnard but was deported to Mexico in 1999 after serving a four-year sentence on a drug charge.

Garcia, who now works in a call center in Tijuana, was among a dozen deported veterans who spoke briefly to members of the U.S. House of Representatives, all Democrats on the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.

The deported veterans — some of whom served in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan — told of...

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