Editor's Note: As a continuing tribute to our beloved late columnist, Paul Kusuda, who passed November 2017, we are
re-posting his past columns, which are timeless, informative, and very educational. We will always miss Paul, our number
one supporter and adviser. Through his columns, we know that our readers would learn plenty about contemporary issues,
as well as part of American history relating to the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II, and his
Column of April 2010
Naturalization denied (Part 3 of 3)
reoriented because of so many concerns that had to be dealt with, in many cases simultaneously: Economy (unemployment, home
foreclosures, small business needs, bank loans, automobile factories, tax cuts), health care (especially for the under and uninsured),
homeland security, environmental worries (including global warming), immigration (both legal and illegal), H1N1 pandemic or epidemic
prevention, Guantanamo worldwide issues (Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, North Korea, Pakistan, Israel, Palestine). The list is long, and
naturalization remediation is not in the top third.
At one time, my hopes were much higher than they are now. So, those of us who want to see positive action in the direction of fairness and
justice must work harder.
In the previous two parts, I reviewed thoughts about immigrants, including spouses and children, who came to the Unitthe ed States through
the visa process predicated on relatively short-term stays in the U.S., not permanent residency or citizenship. Adults under visa conditional
stays are under pressures unknown to most of us. We are not aware of the constrictures or anxieties. We cannot feel the urge visa-entered
students, employees, teachers, other professionals might have about staying after being in he U.S. for a period of time. Not all want to return to
their home countries except to visit families, relatives, and friends. Many would choose to become U.S. citizens.
I reviewed parts of the DREAM (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors) ACT and noted both positives and potential drawbacks I
think are in the proposal. The thrust is excellent and deals with part of the dilemma of aliens who want to become naturalized citizens. The Act
is still being discussed, tinkered with, and "fine-tuned." I'll be pleasantly surprised if a Bill were to be made final, passed both the Senate and
House of Representatives, and signed by President Barack Obama in 2010 or 2011. The need, however, is pressing and will continue to
A major group seeking access to naturalization is composed of undocumented immigrants, also known as "illegal aliens." They number more
than 12 million and increase each year. Not to be overlooked is the fact that their children attain U.S. citizenship rights and responsibilities by
virtue of the fact that they were born here. Primarily because of racial prejudice, their presence is not welcome. Persons directly involved
because of social, economic, religious, racial, or other reasons understand their plight. They recognize the positives provided by the
undocumented immigrants. They decry the injustice they see as being so similar to those faced by many people of color, such as the African
Naturalization processes must be opened widely enough to accommodate the desires of those who want to become citizens. Current
regulations do not permit undocumented immigrants to become legal permanent residents, the first step in the naturalization process.
In an expansion of this article titled "Naturalization Denied--Part 3 of 3," I planned to continue the thoughts and titled it "Part 3, Conclusion." By
doing so, I avoid taking up too much print space and possibly jeopard my welcome or exhaust possible readers.
This is the third of a three-part discussion of my views about how the national government should reconsider
naturalization issues and develop policies and procedures to ease entry into the path U.S. citizenship. The
bars must be lifted, the pathways lightened, and applicants welcomed.
It's been more than a year since optimism was expressed relative to opening positive discussions about
easing immigration and naturalization regulations. Unfortunately, political priorities were drastically