There are so many stories of people trying to become citizens ‘the right way’ only to find there is no ‘right way’ available to them. Here are some stories from people who have experienced this and in a previous post I link to the article from the New York times where legal residents were ordered to leave the country after they applied to become citizens.
Share Your Immigration Story – New York Times
By Julia Preston
April 11, 2008, 5:32 pm
During two years as the national immigration correspondent for The New York Times, I have received many e-mail messages from readers recounting their struggles with the United States immigration system. These readers were often American citizens and legal immigrants who said they were determined to follow the law. Yet they described heavy burdens the federal bureaucracy imposed on them as they tried to play by the rules. (read more immigration stories from this article.)
It’s great that so many anti-“illegal” immigration people claim they are for legal immigration, but our system is terribly flawed and legal immigration is very difficult. Many of us will never have to deal with the immigration system, but those that do often find out these difficulties the hard way.
“I think more Americans need to understand how the current system is making things difficult for people who are trying to do things the legal way,” wrote Kelly Phillips, a Coast Guard seaman from California whose husband is Mexican. “I feel that more individuals would do things legally if the manner for doing so was more reasonable.”