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  •  I will admit that my source is the Rachel Maddow (2+ / 0-)
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    Yonkers Boy, ivorybill

    show. Usually I check sources more carefully. So because of your question I did a search -- easily came up with this:

    For example, there currently is an 18-year backlog for the adult, unmarried Mexican sons and daughters of U.S. citizens who initiate paperwork to immigrate to the United States, Stump said. For married Mexican sons and daughters of U.S. citizens, the backlog is nearly 19 years.
    http://www.tulsaworld.com/...
    and this:
    For example, in January 2011 the priority date for which visas were being allocated for the category of siblings of U.S. citizens was January 1, 2002. By February 2011, the priority date had actually receded to January 1, 2000.
    http://www.immigrationforum.org/...

    From what I've read so far, there's a big range of wait time from a few years to many many years depending on which category you're in. Since people are saying "back of the line" for undocumented residents, my guess is that means they'd be at the upper end of the range.

    While Democrats work to get more people to vote, Republicans work to ensure those votes won't count.

    by Tamar on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 01:39:39 PM PDT

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    •  Clarificatin re unmarried sons and daughters. (1+ / 0-)
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      These are unmarried ADULTS over the age of 21 who generally have parents who recently naturalized.  IF you are under the age of 18, and your parent naturalizes now, you will obtain "acquired" U.S. Citizenship automatically (assuming the Child Citizenship Act of 2000 applies to you).  Between 18 and 21, if unmarried, you would still qualify as an "immediate relative" but not for acquired USC status.  Folks over the age of 21 AND unmarried are just not treated with a ton of concern by our government.  PARENTS of USCs, however, are always immediate relatives once the USC child turns 21 (whether married or not).  That is the "anchor baby" argument--it is more like an "anchor-adult-old-enough-to-drink-alcohol" argument.

      Mix the blood and make new people!

      by Yonkers Boy on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 02:02:53 PM PDT

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      •  my point was that there are plenty of people (0+ / 0-)

        who are relatives of citizens who have hugely long waits for citizenship. If the undocumented are put at the end of the line, I would assume that would be behind these people.

        While Democrats work to get more people to vote, Republicans work to ensure those votes won't count.

        by Tamar on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 11:12:49 PM PDT

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