The Atlantic: The Undocumented Agent

After spending nearly two decades facilitating deportations as a Customs and Border Protection officer, Raul Rodriguez discovered that he was not a U.S. citizen. Now he’s at risk of deportation himself. Story by Jeremy Raff February 14, 2020 One afternoon in April 2018, Raul Rodriguez was working on his computer at the U.S. Customs and […]

Immigration Twist Gives a Laborer a Fresh Beginning

Oft-Deported Wilfredo Garza Says He’s Actually Legal; Value of an American Dad By Lauren Etter Updated May 12, 2006 12:01 am ET BROWNSVILLE, Texas — Wilfredo Garza has lived in this dusty border town for 28 of his 35 years. Because he was born in Matamoros, Mexico, to a Mexican mother, he had always considered […]


Whether obtained through birth or naturalization, American citizenship is American citizenship. In the darkest moments of U.S. history, political leaders have exploited citizenship laws to promote nativist ideologies and to advance regressive political agendas. The legacy is a citizenship system riddled with gaps in protections, eroding the fundamental promise of equality. Existing gaps in citizenship […]

Trump – Enough of your ignorant and racist comments against immigrants!

A few days ago, I watched Trump on television during a rally he was having in Dallas. As expected, the main topic was immigration. During his speech, he said that before leaving for the rally, he had met with victims of undocumented immigrants to promise them that as president he was going to deport undocumented […]

I Used to be a Resident, but then I was deported. Will I be able to emigrate again in the future?

This week I received this question: “My husband was a legal resident in the US for many years. However, when he was 20 years old, he had a legal problem and was deported. When he was deported, he was told that he his ban from the US was for 10 years. That was over 15 […]

Can my child’s student visa be canceled for drunk driving?

This week the question is this: “Lawyer: I am Mexican, as are my two children. They both study in the U.S. on student visas. My question is this: a friend of mine told me that her friend’s son had his student visa taken away because the police arrested him for drunk driving. How true is […]

There is Automatic Citizenship

If you were born after March 1, 1983 and obtained your legal residence before you were 18 years of age, there is a chance that you have automatically acquired citizenship if your father or mother is a citizen of the United States. For example: Your daughter was born on December 24, 1985 in Matamoros. You […]

This week the question is this: “Lawyer: I am an engineer in Matamoros and I would like to know if a company in Texas can ask me to work with them as an engineer?”

The answer is yes. The visa they can apply for is the TN, which was created as a result of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) between Canada-USA-Mexico. The TN visa is only for Mexican or Canadian citizens who have studied a profession recognized by NAFTA. Not all professions or university careers are recognized. […]

Authorities Continue To Cancel And Deny Passports To Citizens Born With Midwives

This week the question is: “Lawyer: I was born in Brownsville with a midwife. I already had a passport, but a year ago I filed a petition for my wife that Immigration approved three months ago. Everything was fine until two weeks ago when I went to have dinner in Matamoros, and when I came […]

US is denying passports to Americans along the border, throwing their citizenship into question

By KEVIN SIEFF | The Washington Post | Published: August 29, 2018 Note: This article has been corrected. PHARR, Texas — On paper, he’s a devoted U.S. citizen. His official American birth certificate shows he was delivered by a midwife in Brownsville, at the southern tip of Texas. He spent his life wearing American uniforms: […]