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Difficult system for Mexican-American families

Oklahoman Published: August 27, 2011
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Regarding “New Mexico hero who saved girl says he's illegal” (news story, Aug. 19): “Difficult” doesn't even begin to describe how hard the immigration system is on Mexican-American families. I'm an American citizen and dual national. It took me four years, around $10,000 and not one but two lengthy trips to Ciudad Juarez (one of the world's most dangerous cities) to get my wife and children into the U.S.

There are a special set of rules for Mexicans and Filipinos, which of course are designed to make the process especially challenging for us. I would never blame anyone for opting out of this psychologically and financially grueling system. The situation is particularly ironic for Mexicans, given the fact that we're the descendants of people who lived in this region for hundreds and even thousands of years, and the areas most of us are migrating to were Mexican lands before they became part of the United States.

Ari Nuncio, Oklahoma City