I notice there is alot of discussion here with regards to the rights that illegal aliens should or should not have. I'm just curious - is the steps that an immigrant must go through to become a LEGAL resident so hard? Are there quotas in place limiting the number of foreign nationals who can apply for citizenship? I mean, if it's within the realm of possibility, wouldn't it just be easier to become a US citizen officially without all the running and hiding? How do they benefit by not following the rules to enter the country legally?
I just finished reading a book about the early 20th century immigration rush through Ellis Island and it didn't seem that difficult - they didn't have to speak english (although it helped) or have to take a citizenship quiz or anything. So what is the problem?
Answer by smnice at 3:01 PM on Jan. 3, 2009
Answer by plylerjones at 3:08 PM on Jan. 3, 2009
Answer by LoriKeet at 3:10 PM on Jan. 3, 2009
Answer by koolest_mom_of4 at 4:54 PM on Jan. 3, 2009
Answer by pagan_mama at 5:02 PM on Jan. 3, 2009
Answer by koolest_mom_of4 at 5:26 PM on Jan. 3, 2009
Answer by plylerjones at 5:40 PM on Jan. 3, 2009
as far as I know you cannot apply for residency abroad but I may be wrong and most people don't immigrate here because they want to live in a country where they are not wanted they come here out of necessity and wouldn't have the money to pay for a "legal Status before entering the country either way it may not change how SOME people treat immigrants they will be discriminated against citizen resident ,or illegal my Husband his a hard working quiet legal man and a he is still treated as though he is illegal on a almost daily basis
Answer by koolest_mom_of4 at 6:19 PM on Jan. 3, 2009