Some in our community who are in the process of becoming a citizen say the requirements are too tedious and difficult to go through.
Before you can even apply to become a citizen, applicants must first obtain a permanent resident status.This step can take several years and cost thousands of dollars to apply for.
After obtaining resident status, applicants then must to remain there for at least 5 years.
Josefina Herrera’s husband was deported after the two had gotten married and has now been waiting to apply for citizenship for nearly 10 years.
“Its very difficult for those trying to become us citizens and those trying to do things right . Its kind of impossible in some cases,” said Herrera.
Jorge Quinones was also deported in 2012 after his green card expired. He worked for 14 months in Mexico while trying to regain resident status for the second time.
“I had to prove why I had to be back as soon as possible. My case was because I have kids here who need me for financial support. That was a struggle because I hadn’t been to Mexico since I was 8 years old, ” said Quinones.
Once a person is a permanent U.S. Resident, they can apply for citizenship and take a citizenship exam.
The naturalization application fee is currently around $725 dollars.