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Mexicans Slow To Become U.S. Citizens

WASHINGTON, (UPI) –  Mexican immigrants living in the United States legally are slow to seek U.S. citizenship, results of a Pew study released Monday indicate.

Of the 5.4 million legal Mexican immigrants, 64 percent have not pursued naturalization. The 36 percent who have is about half the rate of legal immigrants from all other countries combined, the Pew Research Center in Washington said its analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data revealed.

Pew researchers said they found 61 percent of all immigrants and 68 percent of all non-Mexican immigrants sought naturalization in 2011. The overall rate also was about the same as for other non-Mexican Hispanic immigrants, Pew said.

Pew noted Mexicans are by far the largest group of immigrants in the United States illegally, accounting for 6.1 million (55 percent) of the estimated 11.1 million in the country as of 2011.

Pew said its analysis suggests creating a pathway to citizenship for immigrants in the country illegally does not mean all would pursue the opportunity. The center said many could instead choose legal permanent resident status, which would remove the threat of deportation, enable them to work legally and require them to pay taxes while forgoing the full rights of U.S. citizenship, including the right to vote.

The center’s report, “The Path Not Taken; Two-Thirds of Legal Mexican Immigrants are not U.S. Citizens,” is available at www.pewhispanic.org.

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  • Nadzieja Batki

    Why would they want to become American Citizens when they can turn America into Mexico.

  • 45caliber

    The main reason they have no interest in changing to become American citizens is because they don’t plan to be one. Most of those who come across want to work here until they can save $100,000. They then plan to return to Mexico and retire as rich people. With the interest they can earn off that much money in an American bank (they use the ones on the border), they can get a three acre villa, hire a cook, maid, and gardener, and retire for the rest of their lives.

    The ONLY thing that causes them to want to be American citizens is if they raise their family here. Their children are then American and don’t want to move to Mexico so they stay to see their grandchildren.

  • 45caliber

    Also, where does that 11.1 million illegals here come from? Shortly after Oblama took office, it was 40 million. Now it is 11? I seriously doubt that!

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