Illegal immigration has been the recent debate amongst the lawmakers. According to the advocates involved in comprehensive immigration reform, cutting the waiting period during the application process can bring down the number of illegal migrants.
With the current legal immigration system in place, the applicants have to wait for years together. There have been cases where in the applicants have had to wait for almost 20 years before they could enter the United States. Such a long wait would obviously force some to walk into the nation illegally.
For those who don’t know, the current visa system caters to those who are immediate family members which include children who are below the age of 21 years, parents and spouse. Of all of them, the longest waiting period is for those who intend to come to the United States to come and live with their adult siblings or parents. Such people mainly come from Mexico. Here, it has to be remembered that Mexico is one such nation which has a high number of visa applicants applying each other.
It has to be considered that there are certain factors which trigger illegal migration. One of the many reasons is definitely the waiting periods for the visa applications to be processed. This can also be considered has a cruel act of separating people from their loved ones. So, the unification of family has to be priority in order to progress towards immigration reform.
On the other hand, arguments have cropped up with many suggesting a cut down on the family-based visas. Instead, increasing the number of employment-based visas is being recommended. At the same time, it has to be realized that when it comes to reform, comprehensive measures have to be taken which actually bring about change.