For many immigrants, the citizenship and naturalization process can be confusing and difficult. Those reasons may turn some people off from trying to navigate the lengthy process. However, a new report from the Census Bureau shows that the number of Americans who identified themselves as Asian has surged approximately 46 percent between the years 2000 and 2010. This number far surpasses the 10 percent rate of the United States population growth in its entirety during the same period. While the daunting citizenship and naturalization process may deter some from coming to the United States, the number of Asian Americans in this country has risen more than 17 million during those designated ten years.
As many California residents may know, the immigration system is often confusing and, at times, even contradictory. Unintentional results may spring from laws designed to address issues very different from what they are intended for. One woman has experienced this firsthand after she applied for an adjustment of status.
A change in current immigration law may offer San Diego residents and their families a better chance at obtaining green cards. The current regulations require that those immigrants seeking green cards who apply for a hardship waiver are first required to return to their own country for a consulate interview. Many times, this results in an individual being denied reentry to the U.S. The new change permits applicants for green cards to apply for the hardship waiver in the United States, which can then permit them to stay for an indefinite period of time while awaiting citizenship.
Many undocumented immigrants are in hiding because of immigration policy that bars them from re-entry for a minimum of three years if they leave the United States. A proposed change in immigration law would allow any undocumented immigrants to stay in the United States while awaiting a waiver showing that an American citizen would be detrimentally affected by their absence. This change has the potential to save hundreds of thousands of Americans the difficulty of being separated from their spouses or children while awaiting the citizenship process. Proponents of the law believe that it would benefit numerous families by streamlining the process and shortening the length of time that family members are separated.
Many immigrants living in California want to become U.S. citizens. However, the path to citizenship can be long and treacherous. Fortunately California has laws to help those who are not yet citizens succeed. Last year, California Governor Jerry Brown signed the California Dream Act into law. The act allows illegal immigrants to be considered for state financial aid toward community colleges and universities across the state. However, the California Dream Act was not backed by all.
A solid deportation defense came too late for one California man, who found himself put on board of a plane and sent to Phnom Penh, Cambodia, in September. Even though the man's citizenship in Cambodia is legal, the man faces hard challenges since he neither knows the language nor has much family there.
Tony Gunawan is not a celebrity in California, where he resides, but in his native Indonesia, he is a household name. The man is a two-time world champion and Olympic champion in badminton, a sport with a rabid following in East Asia. Now Gunawan is an American, having successfully completed the citizenship and naturalization process and he hopes to represent the United States in the London Olympics.
California has blazed the trail in a variety different sectors including immigration, naturalization and acquiring citizenship. Washington D.C.'s announcement not to pursue 'low priority' immigrants for deportation and instead focus on finding and expelling 'illegals' who have been convicted of crimes or pose a threat to national security, was greeted with joy by many illegal immigrants in California.
Threats of deportation and removal proceedings just got a long-awaited breath of fresh air. The Department of Homeland Security has said it will change the way it handles immigration. Basically, the Department will classify immigrants, providing hope for some facing deportation and removal proceedings. Those that attend school, have relatives in the military or are the primary caretakers for sick family members will have a better chance of staying in the United States. It appears California immigrants fitting within those guidelines will go to the back of the line, thus buying more time to fight for legal status..
Those who were born in the United States have always known the joy of citizenship. But for those who were born elsewhere, came to this country and later acquired U.S. citizenship, that joy does not always come easy. Many find that it can be daunting, both legally and emotionally. This was the case for one man in California.