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How to become a U.S. citizen?

Asked by datkid (3 points ) September 21st, 2010

I have a cousin that was born in Mexico but he came over to the United States when he was a year old.He’s 19 years old now. He’s been living here since and graduated from high school a year ago. When he was in high school he was assaulted by a group of guys and got his jaw broken. Also, while he was in high school he got two tickets one for curfew and the other for trespassing. The problem is that he hasn’t paid them yet. Would that affect him getting his citizenship?

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robmandu's avatar

Official government site: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

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Unfortunately, it’s really, really hard and costs quite a bit of money.

iamthemob's avatar

Yes, more than likely. Will it be determinative? I doubt it.

@robmandu is right to point you to the government resources. If he is trying to get citizenship, he should really consult an attorney. See if a local law school or the state bar association has a program to assist with pro bono immigration legal services if you don’t have one, and can’t afford one.

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sliceswiththings's avatar

I’ll marry him.

WestRiverrat's avatar

Tell him to join the military. Quickest way to the front of the immigration and naturalization line.

Master's avatar

@WestRiverrat I wish this was true. But in order for young people to be able to serve the U.S. military and get a fair chance at citizenship the Dream Act would have had to be approved today, and it wasn’t. Now @sliceswiththings’ option, while many times done fraudulently is a far better – and often the only – option, sadly.

WestRiverrat's avatar

@Master not true, unless it has changed recently. I served with several immigrants. If they served the full hitch they were eligible for citizenship. The Dream Act makes their families eligible immediately if they serve in a combat zone.

I support that portion of the Dream Act. I would support the college portion too, as long as the people claiming citizenship under the act would be at the end of the line for financial aid. Current US citizens and legal immigrants should have first shot at the financial aid.

Master's avatar

@WestRiverrat actually now that you mention it, I don’t think there’s even a provision for financial aid, but I could be wrong…

WestRiverrat's avatar

@Master There is not in the bill itself, but some of the politicians on the Sunday talk shows expressed the belief they should be given financial aid and charged in-state tuition rates.

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