Andrew — I entered the United States as a child in 1955 through Hidalgo, Texas. In 1957, my family moved to California, to the San Joaquin Valley, and settled in a little town called Madera. There was a lot of work out in the fields and the orchards. My dad could find a job there, so that's where we settled. I went to school in Madera, and I enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1967.
I left the Army in 1969 with an honorable discharge. I worked in different places for 35 years and paid my Social Security taxes for 35 years.
I got arrested for an aggravated felony. I did 18 months in state prison for possession of drugs. Then I did 11 months in federal prison. I was deported in 2010 and have been living here in Tijuana since then. I arrived with $500 that I had been saving, but then I ran out of money about 6 or 7 weeks later. When I ran out of money, I started sleeping on the streets.
I joined the Deported Veterans, and they help me with food and clothing. I'm trying to see if I can get my Social Security pension — I'm 72 years old. I should know in 60 days.