Doug DeWitt

Doug DeWitt

Austin, TX

As a citizen of Austin, Texas, who works most of the year in New Mexico, I find myself in the midst of Mexicans, those of Mexican descent born here in the United States, the occasional Mexican foreign national who became a US citizen through the INS, and quite a few undocumented foreign nationals of Mexican descent as well.

In the medical profession, my co-workers are largely older and conservative. Among that particular demographic, there is a common perception that Mexican nationals can obtain work-visas quite easily through State Department channels, enabling them to come to the US legally, bringing their children with them should they so desire. It is assumed among the mainstream citizenry that undocumented workers end-run those normal channels in an effort to work “off the books”, avoiding federal income taxes, social security withholding, etc.

While my information is dated September 7th, 2011, I am guessing it is still accurate http://www.mexicolawblog.com/2011/09/07/u-s-immigration-options-for-mexican-nationals/.

The reality for Mexican nationals is very different from the perceptions of middle Americans. The options available to campesinos, the “peasantry” of Mexico, and the vast majority of Mexican nationals are so far beyond reach as to make legal entry into the US in order to work as farm labor, beef processing plant labor, hospitality service sector labor, lawn care, brick-, stone-, and concrete-masonry, virtually impossible.

To summarize the available options… These are non-immigrant, temporary entry-visas, that do not allow the holder any citizenship-track options:

For Mexican nationals who wish to emigrate to the US permanently, in order to pursue a track towards becoming a US citizen, there are only two options available:

The only option available is illegal entry, in order to take one of those jobs being offered to unskilled labor.

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