SAN DIEGO — Marco Chavez, who was honorably discharged from the Marine Corps. was deported to Mexico because of a criminal record.

But Gov. Jerry Brown, recognizing his military service, granted him a full pardon, enabling community organizations to work toward his re-entry to the U.S. After 15 years in Mexico — a country he left when he was an infant — Marco Chavez is coming home.

What: Marco Chavez will be walking across the border to a welcome gathering organized by Honorably Discharged, Dishonorably Deported; the American Civil Liberties Union and others who helped bring about his return.

When: Thursday, December 21, at about 9:30am (depending on possible delays in processing)

Where: Chavez will be entering the U.S. through the:

PedEast Facility (Across from the San Ysidro Transit Center)

720 E San Ysidro Blvd, San Diego, CA 92173

Who: Members of Marco Chavez’s family are expected to be on hand. Also Nathan Fletcher, chair of the Honorably Discharged/Dishonorably Deported Coalition; Norma Chavez, Peterson Executive Director of the ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties