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Mexican-Americans often reluctant to apply for citizenship

Many immigrants in California are of Hispanic descent.  While there are 8.8 million legal permanent residents that the government estimates would be eligible for citizenship in the United States, only 46 percent of the Latino community has taken that step towards citizenship.  For other legal immigrants the percentage is listed at 71 percent. 

The vast majority of Mexican-Americans in the United States have not become naturalized citizens.  It is theorized that many may now consider seeking citizenship with the immigration debate going on in Congress.  In any case, campaigns are now underway to try to motivate many of these individuals to apply for citizenship.

One Congressman feels immigrants are concerned about immigration reform and also realize that there are many benefits that come along with citizenship. There may be economic benefits to applying for citizenship as well. It is estimated that citizenship could increase wages by 8 to 11 percent for legal immigrants.

More than campaigns for citizenship will be needed, however, to make certain that citizenship is granted. The process towards citizenship certainly can be a lengthy one. There are criteria to be met and a large number of documents that needs to be submitted. For this reason competent immigration lawyers can certainly aid in citizenship applications.

Attorneys can provide a prospective immigrant and family independent representation. Attorneys can give those applying for citizenship an idea regarding what they are in for and what the chances of the application being accepted will be. Attorneys can also attend hearings with immigration authorities and help tell the immigrant's story.

Source: NBC Latino, "On National Citizenship Day, immigration debate spurring some Latinos to pursue citizenship," Sep. 17, 2013

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