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Dangerous path to legal status for some immigrants

Published: Feb 9, 2012 4:15 pm By: Kiran Khalid, CNN

"Tania Nava has one piece of advice for anyone seeking to come out of the shadows and pursue a path to U.S. citizenship: don't do it.

She says her decision to become a legal citizen is one of the reasons her husband was murdered. "I should've stayed illegal this whole time," the 21-year old widow said. "Jake would still be here." Jake Reyes-Neal, an American citizen, had traveled to Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, last year to protect his wife as she waited for the long, complicated process to attain U.S. citizenship.

Instead, Reyes-Neal -- who had never been to Mexico and didn't speak Spanish -- became one of the thousands of homicide victims in Juarez as his family watched helplessly."

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