Thursday, April 4, 2013

AZMEX I3 3-4-13

AZMEX I3 3 APR 2013

Comment: It may come as a shock to many, especially to those in
politics, but many, very many, do not want to be U.S. citizens.
Now they are concerned that it is being forced on them.
This is from being acquainted with many immigrants, both legal and
First hand experience, over a lot of years.
Has nothing to do with speaking English, as it really is not
necessary in the border states and numerous other areas.
Other than the recent motives for escaping the drug war, most here
just to make and save enough to return home.
Using that money to start own business, or buy farm or ranch property.
Besides the usual assistance sent home to families in the meantime.
When here most do the best they can, but do not really enjoy the life
Both those here legally and illegally.
There seems to be an assumption here that there is something wrong
with being Mexican.
An assumption not shared by millions of people.
A rich country with bad government, Mexico in this case.

Study: Mexican immigrants seek citizenship at lower rate than others
By: Connor Radnovich/Cronkite News Service
Originally published: Apr 3, 2013 - 6:40 am

An Iranian immigrant celebrates her new U.S. citizenship at a
ceremony in Seattle on July 4, 2012. A new report finds that Mexicans
in the U.S. opt for naturalization at a little more than half the
rate of all other immigrants. (Photo courtesy U.S. Citizenship and
Immigration Services)
WASHINGTON -- Only 36 percent of Mexican immigrants who are eligible
to become United States citizens are taking steps to do so, a much
lower rate than immigrants from other countries, according to a
recent study.

The Pew Hispanic Center report said language, financial and
administrative barriers are among the main reasons for legal
residents not seeking citizenship.

"Financial is the number one reason that I see," said Victor Nieblas,
second vice president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

"People don't come here and tell me 'I can't speak English, I don't
want to apply.' The first thing they say is, 'It's too expensive and
it's burdensome,' " he said.

It comes as lawmakers say they are nearing agreement on a
comprehensive immigration reform package that is likely to include
not only fees but fines and back taxes for immigrants who may be here
illegally before they can become eligible for legal permanent residence.

The report said Mexican immigrants account for 6.1 million of the
estimated 11.1 million people who immigrated illegally to this
country. Mexicans also make up the largest group of legal permanent
residents in the United States, accounting for 3.9 million of the 12
million people.

But the report said that Mexicans pursue citizenship at slightly more
than half the rate of all immigrants who are here legally, which is
about 68 percent.

Nieblas said that many immigrants keep the thought of returning to
their homelands in the back of their minds. Mexicans might hold onto
that hope longer, delaying their naturalization, because of their
proximity to the United States, he said.

"Once they realize that 'I have children here, I have a life here,
I'm not going back,' that's when they start becoming more serious
about the naturalization process," Nieblas said.

He said financial and administrative hurdles to naturalization are
not unique to Mexicans, but affect most immigrants regardless of

That is especially true since the application fee has risen. Nieblas
remembers when it cost a couple hundred dollars to apply for
citizenship; now there is a 10-page application and a $680 fee.

The report also said language and personal barriers were cited as
major reasons why Latino legal permanent residents have not naturalized.

Regina Jefferies, head of the Arizona chapter of the American
Immigration Lawyers Association, said many immigrants she works with
are worried about not speaking English well enough. In reality they
speak English just fine, they just are not confident, she said.

"Sometimes people don't feel they have the language skills, but when
you actually talk to them they do in most cases," she said.

The primary reason Jefferies sees for legal residents not applying is
financial and not wanting to have to struggle with the application.
The people she works with sometimes do not have the time to deal with
the complex application.

And with the possibility of comprehensive immigration reform on the
horizon, Jefferies is worried the system may become more complicated
if it is poorly executed.

"It's just going to add additional layers and layers of complexity to
an already byzantine system," she said. "It doesn't make sense to
have a system that is that complicated."

Nieblas said it is hard to speculate on how reform might affect the
current process because of secrecy of the negotiations, which he
compared to the selection of the pope.

"It seems as though they're in a conclave or something and we're
waiting for white smoke," Nieblas said.

Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said Sunday on "Meet the Press" that the
eight senators working on an immigration reform package could come to
an agreement next week. But while broad outlines have been discussed,
few details have been released.

Whatever the final form of the bill, Nieblas said it should try to
lower naturalization fees and streamline the application.

The Pew report said that 93 percent of Latinos would naturalize if
they could.


Note: Sonora reports increase of repattrations at SLRC in past three
months about 2% ahead of rate for past two years.


Note: Another immigration / work scam

Denuncian 50 migrantes a 'Chamba México' en Irapuato
Ayer, las tres oficinas de la gestora, localizadas en diversos rumbos
del municipio, estaban vacías.
Publicada: 03/04/2013 10:38 Por: SUN


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