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This Former Marine Had To Self-Deport To Mexico Before He Could Become A U.S. Citizen

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Meet Daniel Torres. The former U.S. Marine and Iraq War veteran finally became a U.S. citizen after self-deporting five years ago.

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Despite being unauthorized to live in the United States, Torres wanted to fight for this country, so he used a false birth certificate to enlist.

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“When I enlisted in the Marines, I knew the risks. It was something that could come up; it was something that could come back and hurt me,” Torres told the press outside of San Diego’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ office. “I was just hoping that I wasn’t going to pay for that mistake for the rest of my life. And now I’m able to finally go home and live the life I feel like I need to.”

Torres was forced to leave the country he loved and defended because of a lost wallet.

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The Iraq vet went to the Department of Motor Vehicles to get his lost ID card replaced, but Torres’s story raised enough suspicion that the DMV notified his superiors. The U.S. Marines discovered his immigration status and gave him an honorable discharge.

Torres originally went to France to fight for the Foreign Legion, but he eventually relocated to Tijuana, Mexico.

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According to The San Diego Union-Tribune, Torres lost part of his hearing while serving in Iraq, which barred him from serving in the Foreign Legion. As a result, he moved back to TJ, the border city where was born.

It was in Tijuana that Torres got the support from other military vets that were deported after serving.

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The Deported Veterans Support House, or “the Bunker,”  helps vets adjust to their new country. The organization also provides assistance with food, housing and clothing, while also advocating for legislation that would end the deportation of those who have served.

Living in Mexico didn’t stop Torres from seeking legal status in the country he grew up in. Thanks to a special provision in the 1964 Immigration and Nationality Act, Torres could apply for citizenship because he served during a “time of hostility.”

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That’s right. Undocumented people who serve in the military during certain times CAN become U.S. citizens after serving, but they have to serve during a time of hostility. Torres’ case was made easier because he wasn’t deported.

Here are the “times of hostility” that would allow undocumented service men and women to become  U.S. citizens if they so choose.

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“[D]efending US interest is the one thing I am the proudest of. I did not join the Corps because I wanted an alibi for citizenship, no,” Torres said in an open letter to some haters (seriously). “I will not use my military service as an excuse, I love being a Devildog and I will be one till the day I die. All people who survive know they do so at a risk, the same goes for me; it was a risk to join claiming I was a citizen when I wasn’t, but you know what? I would do it all over again…”

“I just am really, really happy, to be able to finally go home and be here where I feel I belong,” Torres told local media.

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“I’ve missed birthdays, Thanksgivings, reunions, weddings, funerals,” Torres continued in his open letter. “I cannot be there now while my mother struggles with chemotherapy. I do not want your pity or to feel bad for me, but I do want you to know, that we are people, good people.”

Way to go, Daniel.

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Let’s hope that this conversation will continue so we can help all of our veterans, documented or not.

READ: How these Latino Military Heroes Put Trump to Shame

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Watching Eva Longoria Sew While Reading About Sewing Is Oddly Soothing

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Watching Eva Longoria Sew While Reading About Sewing Is Oddly Soothing

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Sit back, open your ears and get ready for the weirdest and most soothing video of Eva Longoria sewing that you will EVER see. Plus, you might learn a thing or two as she reads the entire Wikipedia page for sewing. Thank you, Glamour Magazine!

It all starts with Eva Longoria delicately and professionally cutting her fabric.

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Mind you, she is reading the full, unabridged Wikipedia entry on sewing. #Flawless

Then she effortlessly flips her material around to get to work making us a pillow.

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And that calming powder blue really makes us all feel super comfy.

There is nothing more satisfying than watching someone easily thread a needle.

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Threading a needle on the first try is something you should DEFINITELY put on your résumé. ?

From the very first stitch, Eva’s technique is both relaxing to watch and inspiring af.

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Because if you can put a pillow together, then you can put your life together on your worst day.

Does the pillow fit?

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Like. A. Glove!

All you OCD folks will really appreciate Longoria getting rid of that pesky stray thread.

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Perfection, really.

And as she rests the pillow on her legs, you forget that you have just learned the entire history of sewing and it was worth it.

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Seriously, why can’t Eva Longoria read everything to us?

Watch the full 20-minute(!) video below!

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H/T: Glamour Magazine

READ: “Lip Sync Battle” Went Full Latina With Eva Longoria And THIS Surprise Guest

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