On Wednesday, a few hours after the Washington Post reported that the State Department was denying American passports and initiating deportation proceedings against U.S. citizens in the Rio Grande Valley, a friend texted me a screen shot from the story. The passage she highlighted read: Babies delivered by Jorge Treviño, one of the regions most well-known gynecologists, are also being denied. When he died in 2015, the McAllen Monitor wrote in his obituary that Treviño had delivered 15,000 babies. It’s unclear why babies delivered by Treviño are being targeted, and the State Department did not comment on individual birth attendants. Diez, the attorney, said the government has an affidavit from an unnamed Mexican doctor who said that Treviño’s office provided at least one fraudulent birth certificate for a child born in Mexico. “This is the doctor who delivered me,” my friend told me. Parts of the story are familiar to people in the … [Read more...] about The Trump Administration Is Targeting Latino Texans Who Are U.S. Citizens
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While U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services was processing her application to become a naturalized citizen, Ana Nunn's green card expired. It was a moment when fear struck a woman who always played by the book. Carrying two children and little funds, Nunn left her tight-knit family in Brazil in 1997 to move to Montevallo with her then-husband who received a work visa known as H1B. Since spouses of H1B visa holders were not allowed to work at the time, Nunn would stay home and take care of the kids. She said her husband started beating her, so Nunn decided to build an American dream for herself and her children. Even when all she had was a mattress, her kids' clothes and a television set borrowed from a friend, she made sure to dodge trouble. "I had met a couple of people who said, 'Oh, you can get a social security,'" Nunn said. "No. I'm not going to use someone else's social security to try to get a job because it is illegal. I don't do illegal things." She started along the path … [Read more...] about Becoming a U.S. citizen taking longer than before, immigrant advocates say
Tyler Wombles Knoxville News Sentinel Published 5:08 p.m. UTC Jul 25, 2018 As Tracy Nguyn prepared to leave the City-County Building with her certificate of United States citizenship in hand, she reflected on how the day marked a change in her life forever. "It feels great," said Nguyen. "Like I was born again today." Nguyen, 24, was one of approximately 200 East Tennessee immigrants representing more than 48 countries to officially become U.S. citizens during a naturalization ceremony in Knoxville presided over by U.S. Magistrate Judge Debra C. Poplin on Tuesday afternoon. The event marked the completion of the naturalization process, which grants citizenship to those who fulfill certain requirements. Knoxville typically hosts a few naturalization ceremonies each year. This was the third ceremony of the day. "I think this is a great honor and is a blessing to become a U.S. citizen," said Nguyen, of Chattanooga. "Many people here, including me ... … [Read more...] about Some 200 East Tennessee immigrants become U.S. citizens at Knoxville ceremony
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index U.S. Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by ByPatricia Mazzei July 23, 2018 MIAMI — Norma Borgoño immigrated to the United States from Peru in 1989. A single mother with two children, she set roots in the Miami suburbs, finding work as a secretary, dedicating herself to her church and, earlier this year, welcoming her first grandchild, a girl named Isabel, after Ms. Borgoño’s middle name. She took the oath of citizenship in 2007, a step she felt would secure her status in her adopted homeland. But hers, it turns out, is not a feel-good immigrant story: The Justice Department has moved to revoke Ms. Borgoño’s citizenship, an action that could eventually force her to return to Peru. Federal prosecutors in May filed a rare denaturalization case against Ms. Borgoño, 64, accusing her of committing fraud when she applied for … [Read more...] about Congratulations, You Are Now a U.S. Citizen. Unless Someone Decides Later You’re Not.
How big is the backlog? The anti-immigration statements by President Donald Trump during his campaign and after his election prompted a surge in citizenship applications from immigrants living in the country legally, immigrant advocates said. Many were green card holders who wanted to become U.S. citizens because they were concerned they could lose their legal resident status under Trump’s policies. Trump’s ban on travel from several Muslim-majority nations and increases in arrests by immigration agents have affected green card holders, even though they are living in the country legally. Critics call the backlog in citizenship applications the “second wall” keeping immigrants from becoming U.S. citizens. Under the Obama administration, there were 380,639 pending citizenship applications at the end of 2014. At the current rate of processing under the Trump administration, it would take the U.S. 25 years to get back to that level, the report found. … [Read more...] about It’s like crossing a ‘second wall.’ The wait to become a U.S. citizen grows longer. Here’s why.