It doesn’t matter if he’s been here since 10th grade. Immigration law is immigration law. They aren’t changing it for one person. He needs follow the procedures like every other immigrant. He may well become a US citizen but it’s not happening for 5 plus years once he receives his resident alien status.
He doesn’t have to give up on his dream of becoming a US citizen but he can kiss goodbye competing for USA in his prime. The shoe companies obviously realized this.
If he really wants to become a US citizen, he will go through the necessary steps like everyone else seeking the same thing.
Kalihid Kanuchi was the world record holder in the marathon. He married a US citizen and had to be a resident alien for three years before applying for citizenship.
Running is not a high priority for Einstein visas.
No one is saying Ches shouldn’t become a US citizen. They are saying he needs to be realistic about how long it takes. He may want it faster for obvious reasons but it ain’t happening. Face reality, it’s a government institution. He’s been here since 10th grade, has a clean record, is financially stable and a has college degree. Those things will help him get citizenship but it won’t speed up the process for him. He’s looking at a five plus year wait once he becomes a resident alien. Those are the facts. Whining and pleading won’t change US immigration law.