When he announced that he was running for president last June, Donald Trump did not have kind words to say about undocumented Mexican immigrants.
Since President Obama took executive action in 2012 to protect millions of immigrants from deportation, a few states have been doing what they can to rebel.
All of our Texas blog readers know that we believe in the American dream. We know that for immigrants, living the American dream often involves becoming a naturalized citizen. With the state of the world today and all the security issues, the restrictions placed on immigration issues have increased. This means that anyone who wants to become a citizen of the country likely has to go through several challenging situations before he or she will be awarded citizenship.
Texas is one of the hot spots for the ongoing immigration debate, which has a renewed focus on a path to citizenship for those who enter the country illegally. New statistics show, however, that a growing percentage of immigrants may not even be interested in pursuing citizenship or naturalization. In fact, out of nearly 1 million people in Texas who were eligible to naturalize in 2012, only 58,000 did so. Nationwide, about two-thirds of immigrants are eligible for naturalization. So, where is the system breaking down?
Citizenship is expensive, and with proposed immigration reform, the process could soon become even pricier for already financially strapped immigrants. Official reports show that the new citizenship overhaul could impose fines as high as $2,000 in addition to hundreds of dollars in application fees. Millions of immigrants choose to opt out of citizenship because of the financial costs associated with the process. A 2012 Pew Hispanic Center study shows that the top reasons for failing to pursue citizenship are poor understanding of English and lack of financial resources.
Many Texans who are observing the immigration debate from afar may believe that the central issue is simple to determine. Would you believe that citizenship is not the most critical factor in the growing immigration debate? Illegal immigrants throughout the nation are increasingly saying that they are content to remain in the country legally without ever obtaining citizenship, a move that surprises some legislators and may lead to an entirely different path for immigration reform.
With immigration a hot-button issue in both border states and the national government, an in-depth look into Texans' attitudes about immigrants is necessary. A new research study shows that although Texas residents are divided about providing pathways to citizenship for immigrants in the U.S., most would be comfortable granting that status to the children of those immigrants as long as those children met certain prerequisites. These new statistics show that just 46 percent of Texas voters support a pathway to citizenship while 48 percent oppose it.