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Friday, April 16, 2010

I've Been a Resident Forever -- Why Should I Become a Citizen?

     There are many benefits to becoming a U.S. citizen, not the least of which is casting your voice by vote in the way this government is run.  Another excellent reason, though, is that naturalization places a foreigner out of the reach of the Citizenship and Immigration Service.  It is very difficult to denaturalize someone and deport her.  Until a person is a U.S. citizen, she is subject to the whims of laws relating to foreigners.  And if you think that's not frightening, read a part of the bill that the Arizona state legislature might enact:
     "Another provision criminalizes any long-term lawful permanent resident if he or she is on any public or private land in the state but not carrying his or her alien registration card. Thus, a green card holder who goes out to his front yard in his bathrobe on a Sunday morning to fetch the newspaper is a criminal if he doesn't carry his green card with him to the end of the driveway and back."
     This is from the blog of the President of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.  Immigration attorneys can only help those who want to help themselves.  I urge foreigners who believe they may be eligible for naturalization to apply at once.  If they have been arrested, analysis of eligibility by a competent immigration professional is a must.

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