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In a rare move, a Texas military veteran who was deported years ago was allowed back home. Now he’s a U.S. citizen.

Frank De La Cruz went to war with the U.S. Navy and came home with a drinking problem. Then he was arrested for driving while intoxicated, and the government kicked him out of the country.

Military veteran Frank De La Cruz at his home on Sept. 17, 2020, in El Paso. De La Cruz was deported to Mexico after being arrested more than a decade ago.
Military veteran Frank De La Cruz at his home Sept. 17, 2020, in El Paso. De La Cruz was deported to Mexico after being arrested more than a decade ago.
Navy Veteran Frank De La Cruz's flag and U.S. Naturalization Certificate he received after becoming a citizen last week. De La Cruz was deported to Mexico after being arrested more than a decade ago. Sept. 17, 2020.
Navy Veteran Frank De La Cruz at his new home on Sept. 17, 2020, in El Paso. De La Cruz was deported to Mexico after being arrested more than a decade ago.
Navy Veteran Frank De La Cruz at his new home on Sept. 17, 2020, in El Paso. De La Cruz was deported to Mexico after being arrested more than a decade ago.

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