More Mexican-Americans Seeking Dual Citizenship

Mar 28, 2017

Officials at the Mexican consulate in Raleigh report there's been a spike in the number of people seeking dual citizenship since the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
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The Mexican Consulate in Raleigh has seen an influx of first-generation U.S. citizens pursuing dual citizenship.

Any U.S.-born person with at least one Mexican parent can seek this status. Consul General for the Carolinas Remedios Gomez Arnau said applications increased after the U.S. presidential election in November.

“People don't know for sure what will happen, how easy or difficult it will be to be traveling to Mexico and coming back here,” she said. “All of them are feeling very uncertain about what will happen to the migration rules in general.”

Gomez Arnau said dual citizenship allows people to cross the border with less hassle. It also grants dual citizens full-rights in Mexico to go to school, work and pay taxes as a national.

Consulate officials did not specify how many more applications have come through since the election but said last year, applicants typically waited two weeks for an appointment. Now, the wait is a month and a half.

“So that shows us that there's been an increase in the demand of this service,” Gomez Arnau said. “We've seen this increase basically since the end of last year to the present.”

Gomez Arnau said this may indicate applicants are making long-term plans to return to Mexico. She said more immigrants are seeking dual citizenship globally as a general trend.  

She said the status allows families to return to Mexico with full rights.

“They want to be prepared so all of their kids can go there as Mexican nationals, but also in the long-term they see the advantages of also providing dual nationality to their kids,” she said.