Politics will always play a role when it comes to citizenship. Certain California representatives are hesitant about the passing of comprehensive immigration reform because they fear they may lose at the polls come time for reelection.
Creating a procedure that will make citizenship easier to attain for certain immigrants is in fact one of the major policy concerns in passing comprehensive immigration reform. And though certain politicians fear allowing citizenship of certain groups of immigrants because they know that those same immigrants will not support them in an election, others fear a backlash from individuals that already vote.
The reason why reform has become so urgent for members of the United States Government is because there are approximately 11 million undocumented individuals in the United States (a great many here in California), and there is not yet in place a practical method for dealing with all the challenges should such a situation continue. Some representatives would choose to put off the vote because they wish to make sure that proposed immigration laws are clarified before being passed, but they may also with to not commit themselves to any particular side of this issue.
No matter what sorts of laws are eventually passed, we can be fairly sure that citizenship will continue to remain a long drawn out and difficult process. In fact, the requirements can appear to be overwhelming for individuals applying, and it's for this reason that those applying for citizenship could greatly benefit by speaking to an experienced citizenship and immigration attorney.
These attorneys can make sure that the documentation is in order, and can also represent clients at any necessary trials or immigration hearings conducted.
Source: Southern California Public Radio, "CA House Democrats not completely united on citizenship for undocumented immigrants," by Kitty Felde, Feb. 22, 2013
- Please visit our California lawyers' webpage regarding United States citizenship legal issues.