As a saying goes- “In life nothing comes easy, one need to work hard to meet it”. So is the case with 11 million undocumented immigrants who are staying illegally in the United States. They deserve legal status to stay with respect and dignity for all the hard work they have rendered and continue to do so for the country. As proposed by President Obama, a comprehensive immigration reform needs to be worked out in order to make the right path to citizenship clear from the outset. It becomes unfair to expel 11 million undocumented immigrants out of the border mercilessly.
The focal points that are stressed upon by President Obama
Some of the points that Obama stresses upon are:
•A thorough background check on every immigrant
•Payment of relevant taxes
•Fluency to read and write English
•Payment of penalties
These points will not only put immigrants in line with legal ways for permanent residency but will also make them eligible to work legally and gain benefit to all the comforts as an ordinary American Citizen would. They would also gain leverage of bringing their family members to the US in a legal way.
The proposal will also help all the innocent young people who were brought into this county for no fault of their own to stay and work legally.
Overview of the President’s Proposal
Interim Background Checks
The proposal stresses for the undocumented immigrants to come forward and register voluntarily by submitting their biometric data, get their criminal background and national security check done, pay fees and penalties before they can become eligible for a provisional legal status.
Stringent checks – to qualify for Permanent Resident Status
Once the immigration requirements are satisfied, they get the chance to apply for permanent residency (green card). In order to apply for green card status, an immigrant again has to clear criminal background and national security checks, pay added fees and penalties, know fluent English language and about life and rules of the US Civil society. Immigrants can apply for green card status with the help of an Immigration lawyer. They have to pass the green card medical exam. On completion of 5 years of being a green card holder, the immigrant will be eligible to apply for Citizenship.
Earned citizenship for DREAMers.
The DreamAct or DREAMers, implemented by Obama, where children brought to the US illegally by their parents for no fault of their own are eligible for earning citizenship. This act has helped thousands of youngsters to work and stay legally on a two-year temporary basis, who can earn their citizenship by going to college or by serving in the Armed forces for a minimum of two years. Extension of their stay has also been made easy with the government.
This has not only helped young immigrants to stay and work peacefully but, over a time of 5-7 years can apply for a citizenship with the help of an Immigration lawyer who can guide them through the process. Once their legal papers are ready after clearing immigration medical exam from a certified civil surgeon the process of Immigration completes. They are then called for an interview from the USCIS for the last stage which is the Oath ceremony to become citizens of the US.
Those applications which have been revoked can appeal further through immigration lawyers who guide them to administrative and judicial offices for review. They can still attain citizenship on submission of necessary correct documents and proofs.
Provide new resources to combat fraud.
When it comes to attaining citizenship, there are many fraudulent factors such as unauthenticated immigration lawyers and civil surgeons to name who lure innocent immigrants in to obtaining permanent residency or citizenship status for their own profit. However, it is important to know that only an USCIS approved Civil Surgeon can check and approve a Green card Medical exam or I-693 form. Keeping these points in mind the President Obama has authorized for funding to enable DHS, the Department of State and other relevant federal agencies to establish fraud prevention programs and conduct regular audits of applications.