We were on our third date when Billy told me—hinted, really—that he was an undocumented immigrant from Central America. I remember thinking, "Well, that's not ideal. I was a Kentucky girl who'd recently relocated to Los Angeles.
By Ilona BrayJ. Entering the United States without approval is illegal. So is staying in the U.
Guadalupe crossed the border illegally with her parents at the age of 14 and in she was arrested while working to support her family with a fake Social Security number. Her deportation has sparked protests, outrage and questions across the country. Among the Trump faithful there was criticism for the mother of two; she had over 20 years to make herself legal, why didn't she fix her immigration status? This is a question I encounter often as I travel across the country giving lectures at colleges and universities: "Why don't "illegals" get in the back of the line, and do it the right way?
One day, some time after it was all over, my creative writing advisor and I sat across from each other in her living room. I was sweating despite the frigid draft that descended from everywhere in her massive apartment. There were pages and pages of lines recounting my relationship with a man that had no real point in the end.
Sincemore undocumented immigrants are able to get their green cards through marriage than ever before. The expanded IA waiver means that many applicants who previously could not qualify now have this route open to them. Before only adult over age 21 children or spouses of US citizens could apply.
Like a child, I find myself asking him endless amounts questions about his life--How did he live? How did he survive? How did he get here? Why did he stay?
Laura Enriquez wanted her boyfriend to get a taste of her Alaska vacation last summer, so she walked on glaciers in a pair of his shoes and held up his photo when taking snapshots of the scenery. It was the best the year-old graduate student could do because her boyfriend, who was brought here from Mexico by his parents as a child, is an illegal immigrant and can't risk traveling anywhere identification is required. For the past two years, the couple have navigated some of life's rites of passage with this in mind.
A critical element of any future immigration reform will be the legalization of illegal immigrants. Previous immigration reform proposals have failed, largely because policymakers disagreed over whether and how to legalize illegal immigrants. Future immigration reform proposals must be different from previous proposals if there is any hope of them becoming law. Presently, there are about million illegal immigrants who reside in the United States, are unable to legally work, and are thus uncertain about their futures.