In the debate over immigration reform and creating a path to citizenship for the immigrants currently residing in Los Angeles, and all across the U.S., without legal status, much has been made of the time that people have to wait. Many immigrants wait years for citizenship approval. Much less discussed, but equally trying issues involve the process itself. Factors such as cost and other requirements can deter people from applying for naturalization.
Lawmakers in the Nation’s capitol are continuing to work on developing and implementing immigration reforms. Readers in Los Angeles and elsewhere have likely heard of the efforts being made by the “Gang of 8”, a bipartisan group working on a plan for reform. Recently, they introduced a bill in the Senate that would provide much needed reforms to immigration laws in the U.S. The proposed bill would include distinct paths to citizenship for the nation’s agricultural workers without legal status, kids eligible for the Dream Act, and other immigrants residing in the U.S. sans documentation.
Lawmakers have much to consider when addressing possible immigration reform. They must look at factors such as a path to citizenship for immigrants already in the U.S. who do not have legal status, future immigration policies and the effects these decisions could have on the nation as a whole, among numerous others.
For many of the immigrants in the United States who lack legal status, the future depends somewhat heavily on the talks that are currently going on in the nation's capitol regarding immigration reforms. Citizenship would mean many could continue to live their lives, working and contributing to the economy, just without the constant threat of detainment and deportation looming over them.
Immigration reform is a topic that has recently been highly disputed both in the nation's capitol and in numerous individual states across the U.S., including California. In an effort to shed light on their cause and impact lawmakers, the Fair Immigration Reform Movement organized a national bus tour that would stop in as many as 90 cities. The group is made up of various immigration reform organizations from all over the country.
Back in the fall of 2011, Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 131 into law. The second of two bills collectively referred to as the California Dream Act, it gives undocumented students accepted by the University of California and California State University systems the ability to apply for and secure the following:
The path to U.S. citizenship can be long and grueling, something to which the multitudes who attempt it can certainly attest. What people may not realize, however, is that there are actually many paths to citizenship, one of which can be found through the U.S. military.
In last night's State of the Union address, President Obama reiterated his commitment to large-scale immigration reform, urging Congress to act quickly and decisively to pass legislation creating a pathway to citizenship for the roughly 11 million undocumented immigrants currently living in the U.S.
As you are already well aware, there is currently an ongoing discussion in the halls of Congress about how to manage the 11 million undocumented immigrants currently living here in the United States. Specifically, federal lawmakers are debating how people could be put on a path to U.S. citizenship.
This week a positive move was made for illegal immigrants by the Obama administration. It was ruled that foreign spouses and their children can stay with their U.S. citizen relatives while applying for green cards. The news is positive for those U.S. citizens that are trying to avoid long separations from their relatives.