While waiting for immigration reform
Currently, it is estimated that there are approximately eleven million undocumented immigrants from around the world living in the United States, the vast majority of them of Hispanic descent. In the last two years, this entire population has faced new multiple challenges that have been making it more difficult to live in this country because of their legal status. Since the federal government has failed to produce comprehensive immigration reform, undocumented immigrants have to deal with tremendous pressure from lawmakers at the state levels, most of which are enacting legislation aimed at this group of people by criminalizing the very act of living in certain states across the country.
Despite the barriers that federal immigration reform is facing in the current political climate in this country, it is not an impossibility, but while we lawmakers decide, many immigrants suffer lasting consequences. Psychologically, the new state laws and the discussion itself which is political in nature are taking a huge toll on illegal families.
This paper examines the emotionally charge subject of immigration in the United States. A federal comprehensive immigration reform bill could take many years before it is passed. According to some academics and immigration experts around the country, it may take up to ten years before the U.S. Congress overhauls our current immigration system. At the same time, this paper researches a viable option, a practical temporary solution so solving a problem, short-term. It address what can be done right now to improve a very precarious situation affecting the undocumented immigrants, while at the same time, allowing the government to benefit and profit from this community that lives in fear of persecution and deportation.