During the election, as I reported, the Mexican government tried to get many Mexicans in the U.S. to naturalize so they could vote against Trump.
Now that the election is over, Mexico’s ambassador to the U.S. still wants Mexicans to apply for citizenship.
From The Hill:
The Mexican ambassador to the United States is urging more Mexican citizens living abroad to apply for U.S. citizenship, ahead of President-elect Donald Trump's administration. Ambassador Carlos Sada Solana told Mexican state news agency Notimex Tuesday [December 20th] that applying for citizenship could be an important defense against deportation and other actions if Trump changes U.S. immigration policies. "It's one of the very important protection actions to become citizens, because then they're no longer subject to deportation processes and on the other hand, they don't lose Mexican citizenship," he told Notimex.Mexican ambassador urges immigrants to apply for US citizenship, Rafael Bernal, The Hill, December 21, 2016
Consider what is going on here. A foreign ambassador is openly calling on the citizens of his country, dwelling in the United States (many illegally) to apply for U.S. citizenship NOT because they really want to become Americans, but to keep from being deported. And note that he assures them that “they don’t lose Mexican citizenship”.
Why do we allow this?
Sada said the problem was that many immigrants with legal status and eligibility for citizenship choose not to apply. The top reasons he cited were not considering U.S. citizenship important or necessary, plans to leave the U.S., not speaking English and a lack of information about the process. According to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), there are around 2.6 million Mexican lawful permanent residents (LPR) in the United States who are eligible for citizenship, but who haven't yet applied.
If they don’t care enough to become citizens, why should we pressure them? Well, Ambassador Sada does so to further the interests of Mexico.
Sada said Mexican consulates will expand their service hours to better provide information and assistance to their citizens amid concerns about how citizenship policies may change after Jan. 20. “The best we can do is inform ourselves and be conscious about our situation, and to know that in the consulates we have personnel that is dedicated specifically to the subject of protection," he said.Mexico maintains the largest consular network of any country in any other, with 50 consulates in the United States.
And that vast consular network gives Mexico plenty of opportunity to meddle, especially when our own politicians don’t seem to care.
Contrast the hysteria over possible Russian hacking with the ongoing Mexican meddling.
Mexican immigrants are less likely to naturalize than citizens of other countries, but still account for the greatest number of citizenship applications. In 2015, Mexicans accounted for 14.5 percent of all naturalizations — 105,958 in total — compared to second-ranking India, whose 42,213 naturalizations accounted for 5.8 percent of the national total.To be eligible for citizenship, lawful permanent residents must be over 18, have resided permanently in the country and meet certain personal qualifications, like being of good moral character, having knowledge of U.S. history and speaking English.
Supposedly, although the English language test has become a joke.