The Presidents of two powerful North American nations recently met in Washington and established a good rapport on a crucial topic affecting their respective constituencies. Although President Barack Obama of the United States and Enrique Peña Nieto of México have many issues to agree and disagree on, their recent meeting indicates that they are on a similar page with regard to immigration policy in San Diego, and throughout the United States.
In general, President Peña Nieto is very supportive of President Obama’s recent announcement of executive action on immigration, which is expected to curb the high number of deportations executed in the U.S. since the administration of former President George W. Bush. As a great number of undocumented immigrants in the United States come from Mexico, focused government action to extend legal status to immigrants who are already in the U.S. is something that President Peña Nieto appreciates since it alleviates a major social problem of family separation.
President Peña Nieto mentioned that his administration will support Mexican citizens in the U.S. who apply for lawful immigration status by allowing them to obtain birth certificates without having to make a trip to Mexico. This went into effect on January 15, 2015. To obtain their certified copies, Mexican nationals should visit the nearest consulate, present an
official proof of identity, fill out an application and provide their Clave Única de Registro de
Población (CURP). The cost of each certified copy will be $13.00 dollars. The issuance of certified copies does not carry any additional costs. Be aware of abuses and scams. Nobody can charge additional fees for this service.
Although this may be considered as a simple consular matter; the fact is that many Mexican immigrants in the U.S. are concerned about having to travel back to their country just to get their birth certificates only to be detained upon reentry.
At this time it is not clear whether birth certificates will be issued only at Mexican consulate offices or if a system to streamline the process can be established with the U.S. Customs and Immigration Services (USCIS). Mexican citizens in the U.S. should stay in touch with their immigration law firms so that they can be up-to-date on these developments.
Other issues that the two world leaders discussed ahead of a high level meeting on bilateral economic cooperation were law enforcement and narcotics interdiction. One of the topics that President Obama’s executive actions on immigration include is the strengthening of immigration and customs enforcement on the southern land border with Mexico, and President Peña Nieto is committed to help in this regard by dismantling human trafficking rings that often coordinate their nefarious operations with drug cartels.
To learn more about how the President’s new immigration policies and discussion with foreign countries such as Mexico will affect immigration for you or your family, reach out to Kazmi and Sakata immigration law firm today. Click here to contact us online or call us at 858-874-0711 and schedule a free immigration consultation.