“We’ve been here since 1955,” said Manuel, who was born in Mexico, to a U.S.-born mother, and moved across the border with his mom and his older brother, Valente, when he was a young boy.
When they became of age, both brothers enrolled in the military — Manuel entered the Marines, while Valente joined the Army.
... A few weeks after registering, Manuel received a letter from the office of Scott Gessler, the Colorado Secretary of State, saying that his right to vote was being challenged because the Department of Homeland Security flagged him as an undocumented immigrant.
After receiving the letter, Manuel took his documents, including his mother’s birth certificate, to the El Paso County Clerk’s Office. There, Manuel says an official reviewed his case and declared that his claim to citizenship was valid — even giving him a ballot.
“Welcome home, you’re an American citizen,” Manuel says he was told. 'via Blog this'