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Comprehensive Immigration Reform Would Reunite American Families

  • Massive bureaucratic backlogs can keep family members apart for years or even decades. Arbitrary visa quotas and bureaucratic delays can separate families for years. It takes an average of almost 5 years for a legal permanent resident to get a visa for his or her spouse or young child, and 10 years to get a visa for a son or daughter who is over the age of 21. Comprehensive immigration reform would reduce these backlogs significantly so that future immigration is controlled, orderly, and legal. 
  • Those who want to send parents and their children “home” should recognize that they already are home.  Most undocumented immigrants have been in the U.S. for more than five years, and most live in family units. 
  • According to the Pew Hispanic Center, 3 million U.S. citizens have at least one undocumented parent. Under the current system, these children of “mixed-status” families live under the threat that they will either be separated from their parents or forced to leave their home country: the United States. Comprehensive immigration reform would allow them to grow up in stable American families

Comprehensive Immigration Reform Would Help Us Live Up to American Values