Pathway to Citizenship, the New American Dream

Pathway to Citizenship, the New American Dream

According to a recent McClatchy-Marist Poll nearly 80% of Americans favor a path to citizenship that requires an immigrant to learn English, pay needed fines, and have a job that pays taxes. Which is expected of any American citizen anyway, so why isn’t this path being formed into bipartisan legislature?

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You guessed it, Donald Trump.

Trump has singed these three major executive orders that directly affect immigration and the path to citizenship.

  • The stripping of federal grant funds to self declared sanctuary cities and also requires publicly available lists of all crimes committed by undocumented immigrants.
    • Which includes the removal of a path to citizenship for those who are undocumented with immediate deportation without trial.
  • The controversial Travel Ban we have heard so much about.
  • The bulking of border control units and the beginning of federal funding to the construction of the U.S. Mexico wall.

These executive orders only further relations between current U.S. citizens and prospective citizens that presently carry short term VISAs or are completely undocumented.

The current path to citizenship eligibility is laid out on the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Site, but to even be eligible for that you  must be a green card (permanent resident) holder for at least 5 years. The other main requirements are as follows.

  • 18 or older
  • Be physically in the U.S. for 30 months of those 5 years
  • Able to read, write, and speak English
  • Have knowledge and understanding of U.S. government and history
  • Spotless criminal record and in line with U.S. Constitutional principles

Then take the final Naturalization Exam, overall this process can take up to a decade in some circumstances.

The proposed path to citizenship that over 80% of Americans support in the above poll is one that we highly encourage as a community. First off this system would encourage undocumented immigrants to register with ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) in exchange for amnesty and work VISAs that would require to be renewed yearly. Fees would also be assessed to cover the registration expenses and semiannual meetings with ICE officials. Which ultimately leads to citizenship.

The proposed system would also include accelerated VISA grants and entrance to the U.S., especially if family members are already residing.

A man weeps and holds a U.S. flag at a May Day rally in Lafayette Square Park near the White House in Washington

These fees themselves would rack up millions for the U.S. government as opposed to the billions that would be spent building the wall, maintaining border security, and locating then deporting the over 11.1 million illegal immigrants currently in the U.S..

This proposed path to citizenship rewards our government and the citizens who have been residents since 1776. The cost greatly outweighs the benefits for our current system and plans moving forward under Donald Trump. We urge you to think of the morality and ethics concerning other humans and their equal opportunity to grasp what is now the new American Dream, citizenship.

We always urge you to contact your local Congressional representatives about an issue like this, but you can take it a step further and visit https://unitedwedream.org/ to follow up on the latest immigration news and potential drafting of pro-immigration legislature!


Sources:

http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/white-house/here-s-full-list-donald-trump-s-executive-orders-n720796

https://www.uscis.gov/policymanual/HTML/PolicyManual-Volume12.html

http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2016/11/03/5-facts-about-illegal-immigration-in-the-u-s/

http://maristpoll.marist.edu/wp-content/misc/usapolls/us170215/McClatchy-Marist%20Poll_National%20Nature%20of%20the%20Sample%20and%20Tables_Immigration_February%202017.pdf#page=3

http://www.cincinnati.com/story/opinion/contributors/2017/04/15/america-needs-reset-its-immigration-policy/100411888/

 

 

 

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