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Should Native Americans from Mexico have American citizenship?

Asked by Ltryptophan (10724points) August 23rd, 2016 from iPhone

If the lands that are now Texas were once the Native range of some Mexican tribes, should the United States recognize their right to dual citizenshop?

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rojo's avatar

No, Texans, New Mexicans, Arizonans, Nevadans, Californians, Utahns, Coloradans and Wyomingians should have dual citizenship and be considered Mexican as well.

Earthbound_Misfit's avatar

What citizenship do they want?

Lightlyseared's avatar

You should probably give all Native Americans citizenship of all countries in the Americas. Just to be on the safe side.

stanleybmanly's avatar

Whether they should or not, it “ain’t gonna happen”.

JLeslie's avatar

I don’t get it. If they live on the north side of the border they are Americans. On the South they are Mexicans. 75+ years ago that border was still very porous, and if they wanted to come here it wasn’t very difficult. If they aren’t here in America yet, then too late for any type of automatic citizenship.

@Earthbound_Misfit I think the OP means American (US) citizenship. A way for them to come in legally if they want to come to the US.

Earthbound_Misfit's avatar

@JLeslie, that’s not what I meant. Only the people themselves can say which citizenship they desire or should be granted. Many Aboriginal people in Australia don’t want Australian citizenship. They consider the notion of being Australian to be a colonial construct. They want their own sovereignty restored. Their own nationhood.

It’s not up to the US or Mexico to determine what citizenship the traditional owners want. They have to be able to decide for themselves. Perhaps they would want Mexican citizenship, perhaps US or perhaps both or perhaps neither.

jca's avatar

I’m sure that the majority of Mexicans can prove through DNA analysis that they have some indigenous blood. What percentage will be allowed in? You know that the Spanish who came over mixed with the natives. My father’s family is from Spain and went to Mexico. Technically he’s Mexican but they’re tall and white, unlike what many people in this country think of as “Mexican.”

JLeslie's avatar

@Earthbound_Misfit No one would be forced to be a citizen, this is about right of return the way I understand. Same as I’m not Israeli, but if I want to go live there I can under the right of return. Children and grandchildren of Italians who live outside of Italy can get Italian citizenship with the needed documentation. Some countries are easier than others. Right now Mexicans who have family who lived on the Texas side in the 17 and 1800’s, but have never been citizens of the US in the last 100+ years, have no right to citizenship, because of the family history having been across the border for a time.

The indigenous people in your country have the choice, and are physically in your country. The OP is talking about people who might not even be physically here I think. If they are here, then I don’t see how they prove their families were here generations ago. Just being part of an Indian group would be a tough sell. The Mexicans are very mixed.

I do see your point though, and the OP’s point.

Jaxk's avatar

The whole plight of the Indians is the result of uncontrolled immigration. Now you want more uncontrolled immigration to somehow compensate for past immigration. Doesn’t make sense.

Call_Me_Jay's avatar

The premise is like me claiming French and UK citizenship for living in Illinois. Fun thought but I won’t be spending any time or effort to obtain my passports.

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