A story of military vets barred from the country they served.

At age seven, Hector Barajas crossed the Mexico border into United States as an illegal citizen. His family soon settled in Compton, California, where Hector encountered crime, gang violence, and racial division. Hector escaped the lifestyle by joining the United States Army as a non-citizen, becoming a medic for the 82nd Airborne Division. But personal problems soon led him to honorable discharge, prison, and deportation back to Mexico. In the first episode of this two-part series, Hector chronicles the humanity of being banished, and how he seeks to return to the country he once swore to protect.

Select photos by Clarke Tolton

Music by Sontag Shogun

Episode 019 is sponsored by Green Chef
Get four free meals with your first order at greenchef.com/eis

EIS is also sponsored by the Proprioceptive Writing Center. Find the arc of your story at the pwriting.org

Available on iTunes