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Immigration Reform Interviews – An Religious leader and Community Activist share their views

September 4, 2009

These interviews are part of a series that we will be posting with people from West Michigan who are working to push for a new immigration policy from the federal government. The West Michigan Coalition for Comprehensive Immigration Reform is working with the national group Reform Immigration For America (RIFA) to hold the new administration to its promise to reform immigration policy. You can join the local group by becoming a member on Facebook or contact Diane at

3 Comments leave one →
  1. September 13, 2009 1:17 pm

    I would like to know how long it takes to become a citizen of the U.S.A? Also, how much does it cost from start to finish? Thanks.

  2. Jeff Smith permalink*
    September 13, 2009 5:01 pm

    Iris, I don’t know what the cost is or how long it takes. I do know that it is different depending on each individual circumstance. I would say the best bet is to talk to an immigration lawyer. You could contact the person we list in the paragraph before the videos here.

  3. Cyndi permalink
    September 16, 2009 5:52 pm

    Responding to Iris about the cost of US Citizenship: I can only share what my friends have paid on behalf of their spouses and none of them have been able to acquire citizenship yet. One friend paid 10,000 dollars more than 10 years ago and her husband has only received his residency. The government stated they wanted him to have more time in this country before they granted citizenship. He is from Mexico. My other friend spent $5,000 for paper work and $3,000 for her attorney that was just to get started. Her husband is also from Mexico. Her husband took a voluntary deportation to go back to his home country to wait for re-entry. Our government required him to leave his wife one month before she gave birth to his third child. He was finally able to re-unite with his family after 2 years but to much time had passed for this family to recover from the separation. He will receive his temporary work visa – however the couple is currently going through divorce. My third friend paid the same amount for her attorney, her husband was also from Mexico, and she has 3 young children one is from a previous marriage and her husband was unable to regain reentry into the US after returning to his home country. He waited 6 months and could not handle the separation of being away from his wife and children. He re-entered illegally and was kidnapped on his way back in to the US by the coyotes who then demanded more money from his wife here in the US before they would release him. This is the real cost of currently trying to become legal in the U.S.

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