The process immigrants have to go through to obtain U.S. citizenship is notorious for being long and complicated, but many citizens who have gone through it are glad they did. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will handle your citizenship application, so it is in your best interest to become familiar with what they expect.
There are many illegal immigrants in Louisiana and all over the country. Some of these immigrants would like to become American citizens, but have been unable to navigate the process. According to a recent poll published by the Public Religion Research Institute and the Brookings Institute, 62 percent of Americans are in support of a path to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States.
There have been a number of recent news stories that deal with the issue of citizenship. Many Louisiana immigrants are confused about their citizenship or permanent resident status and what it actually means. One woman came to the United States when she was a young child and later assumed that she derived citizenship from her step-father who was a U.S. citizen. She therefore never applied for citizenship. Unfortunately, she was never a citizen in the first place, just a legal resident with a green card. She later received an order from an immigration judge, which took away her permanent resident status and subjected her to deportation at any time.
At a recent call-in session in New York, thousands of people all across the United States got their immigration questions answered by volunteers. Some questions came up repeatedly during the session and the answers may help non-citizens in Louisiana get through the citizenship process much more quickly. One of the most common questions had to do with how well one has to speak English in order to become a U.S. citizen. Some wondered that if being a permanent resident for a number of years would make up for their inability to speak English well.
While much of the focus on immigration reform centers on Latino immigrants, immigrants of all cultural backgrounds face a number of challenges when trying to become citizens of the United States. Black immigrants, in particular, are having a great impact on Louisiana and the U.S. as a whole, both politically and socially. Nearly nine percent of the 40 million immigrants nationwide are black, making the total number of black immigrants close to 1.8 million. This number is nearly twice as high as it was in the year 2000.
President Obama has been in the news lately for attempting to fix this country's ongoing immigration issues. Applying for citizenship in the United States has always been a challenge, but the latest immigration proposals may lead to even more complications.
Many undocumented immigrants who reside in Louisiana struggle to get their affairs in order because there often is no clear path to citizenship. Part of the problem is that many people are allowed to live, study, or work in the U.S. for a set period of time, but their futures remain unclear. Many live under a constant threat of deportation, amidst much confusion about temporary and permanent immigration options.