Citizenship by birth

7 08 2010

Citizenship by birth is the new hot topic for the anti-immigration crowd, also the term birth tourism.

Birth tourism is the concept that foreigners come here just for the purpose of having a baby and later on that child could claim the parents to begin the process of residency. This sounds a bit farfetched to me, just because of the expense of coming to the US, paying a steep hospital bill and going back to your country and waiting until the child turns 21 to come back. It is possible, everything is possible, but sound very impractical. What if the kid doesn’t want to come here? or dies before turning 21? or the laws change? And if you can afford all the process why not try to move to the US in the first place… yes the immigration laws, even if you have money, it is not that easy.

I think that this issue of citizenship at birth has come up because of the illegal immigration issue and what people call “anchor babies”. Read the rest of this entry »


How to Immigrate to the US

3 06 2008

When the issue of Illegal immigration comes up I always read and hear people say, ‘if they just came here legaly’. I also hear people assume that anybody that migrates here automatically becomes an American Citizen. Most people don’t know the process that people have to go through to come to the US, of course they never had to go through it. Here are some of the requirements to come here.

 First you have to have a reason for coming to the US and based on that there might be a visa that applies to you.

This has been taken from About.Com Immigration Issues

Many Different Visa Options

You have to be coming to join immediate relatives (parents, children, spouses or siblings), to be a student, to do a job, to start a company, to invest money; you have to have a reason that is much more concrete than simply “because I want to.”

Depending on your basis for immigrating, you will either be applying to come temporarily, on a temporary visa, or permanently, with the intention of applying for a green card, and perhaps eventually, citizenship.

Review all the visa, humanitarian and parole types below. If you do not qualify for any of these, your only choices are illegal immigration Read the rest of this entry »

Why are we deporting widows of American Citizens?

12 03 2008

Our current immigration law states that the alien spouse of a US citizen should be deported if their marriage does not last past two years.  This a period in which the alien’s residency is called temporary or conditional. This law was intended to prevent fake marriages where a non-citizen would marry a U.S. citizen to quickly gain legal residency and then just get a quicky divorce. After the two years the Alien has to apply for permanent residency.

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Service, USCIS, states that they are required to deport aliens whose spouse dies within two years of being married. Because of this, women and men who entered this country legally are facing deportation when their spouses die during the sometimes seemingly endless administrative visa process. There are over one hundred cases across the country affecting women, mothers and children. 

In some of these cases the spouse died while serving the country. Now the widows not only have to endure the loss of their spouse, but the loss of their home and security. Cases like:

Dahianna Heard, the widow of Jeffrey Heard, killed in March 2006 when the Army soldier was shot in the head by insurgents while delivering equipment to U.S. troops in Iraq. Dahianna Heard, a citizen of Venezuela who lives in Florida, now could be deported even though she and her husband had applied for her residency permit and were awaiting completion of the paperwork. They also had a son who is a U.S. citizen but faces an uncertain future if his mother is deported.

Todd Engstrom was later killed in Iraq when an RPG hit the convoy in which he was riding, while he was helping the U.S. Army train Iraqi soldiers. Now his wife Diana if facing deportation.

Surviving Spouses Against Deportation

Honoring the fallen, but not their widows

There has been a law suit filed to prevent this from happening.

I cannot imagine how I would have felt if this had happened to me. I have been fortunate enough to pass all of the leagal hurdles of the immigration process all the way, to become a US Citizen, I will explain the process in a later post.

It is hard to move to a new country, it is a big adjustment. And after you make this new place a home, the old country is not home anymore. I can’t imagine loosing my husband and then my home.