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14 May 2010

“If you were the brother or sister of a U.S. citizen and you were born in Mexico, your U.S. citizen sibling could file an I-130 petition for you by paying a $355 fee. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will take your sibling’s money, process the petition, and advise you that you have been placed in a line to await your visa call. But one important fact USCIS will not tell you is that, based on the large number of already registered immigrant-visa applicants from Mexico, you will have to wait approximately 131 years to reach the front of the line to receive your visa, and that is only if your sponsoring U.S. citizen relative is still alive at that time.”

Homeland Security advisor Prakash Khatri “The Opportunity of Two Lifetimes:  U.S. Immigration Process Ensures Disparate Treatment for Mexican Immigrants” (PDF file) (via Benders’ )

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