Criminal Defense of Immigrants
§ 12.2 (B)
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(B) Advise Parents to Naturalize to Confer U.S. Citizenship on the Child. If the child is a permanent resident of the United States, tell a parent with legal custody of the child to attempt to naturalize to U.S. citizenship before the child turns 18 years of age, since the child then automatically becomes a U.S. citizen. Once the child is a U.S. citizen, no future delinquency disposition or adult criminal conviction can hurt his or her citizenship status. See § 12.6, infra.