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Military path to citizenship for Dreamers delayed again

Dreamers in Texas and across the country have been looking with hope toward various plans to provide them with a path to citizenship. However, another push to create a path to legalization through military enlistment failed in May 2018 despite support from a group of Congressional Republicans and Democrats. While the measure had sufficient support to pass on the House floor, the Rules Committee blocked a bid to add the provision to the 2018 defense policy bill.

Dreamers racing to renew documents as president unravels DACA

Texas is home to a high population of immigrants, and a portion of them gained documentation to reside in the United States legally under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Collectively known as Dreamers, these young people currently face uncertainty and the future threat of deportation because the Trump Administration plans to remove the protections for people brought to the country as children without documentation. Many of them are striving to gain renewals of their DACA privileges, but the $495 filing fee and the frequent need for legal advice raise barriers.

Decorated Army vet was deported, now gains US citizenship

Hector B. was born in Mexico and brought to the U.S. as a 7-year-old. He became a lawful permanent resident in 1992 and enlisted in the Army right out of high school. There, he received both the Humanitarian Service Medal and the Army Commendation Medal. He served for six years and was honorably discharged.

Facts about immigration testing exceptions and accommodations

The immigration system in the United States is strict. The rules are pretty straightforward; however, some leniency is offered to those who need a little assistance and meet the necessary qualifications. For example, if you are an immigrant residing in Texas or elsewhere and you are working toward citizenship and naturalization, immigration authorities may allow exceptions and accommodations to help you get through the examination process.

What do I have to do to become a citizen of the United States?

If you did not become a citizen of the United States by birth or through your parents' status as U.S. citizens, the only way to become a citizen of this country is through the naturalization process. After spending time in the United States as a permanent resident, you might decide to take the next step and apply for citizenship. You will probably need to ask many questions on this journey, and the first might entail what you need to do to become a citizen.

A closer look at the most common path to naturalization as a U.S. citizen

For permanent residents, the dream -- and the goal -- is to one day secure U.S. citizenship so that they may finally be afforded all of the tremendous opportunities that accompany this change in status, including enhanced employment opportunities, protection from deportation, the chance to run for public office and, perhaps most significantly, the right to vote.

Austin network prepares for immigration crackdown, faces potential legal obstacles, P.1

There is no doubt that the present moment is a precarious one for undocumented immigrants awaiting Donald Trump's inauguration as President of the United States. Many are fearful about how Trump will address the issue of illegal immigration.

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