American Immigration Council: There is no “line” for many unauthorized immigrants
Many Americans wonder why all immigrants do not just come to the United States legally or simply “get in line” if they are living here unauthorized. These suggestions miss the point: There is no line available for current unauthorized immigrants and the “regular channels” are largely not available to prospective immigrants who end up entering the country through unauthorized channels. Even though most unauthorized immigrants have lived in the United States for nearly 15 years, many could live out the rest of their lives without any opportunity to become legal residents of their adopted home.
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