There Is No Such Thing as “Illegal Immigrant”
The first thought that appeared in an ordinary American’s head on this matter is likely to be “Why do they not just do it the right, legal way?” Most people honestly do not understand why they cannot just get in line with everyone else. The answer is surprisingly simple: for some illegal families, there is no “right way.” At all.
To be eligible for applying for a legal status in the United States, a person must meet one of these four qualifications: to have a “legal” family, to marry a legal alien, to be an “alien with extraordinary abilities” (yes, it is the exact official term, whatever it means), or, finally, to be a refugee fleeing a war-torn state or seeking asylum. In fact, even if you have been classified in any of these categories (lucky you!), it is far more challenging to get a citizenship than in the case of simple changing of the place of living.
First of all, it costs money. According to the
Secondly, the process can take years. It is a long way in which 4.4 million applicants are already involved. The
As you may see, it is not as simple as people “getting in line”—it is more about luck.