Do you believe the immigration reform bill is something politicians should spend their time debating over or are there more important things out there?
In a survey done in Radcliff avenue on Boston road, residents and random pedestrians share their opinion on immigration in the U.S.
“Immigration is the largest contributing factor contributing to population growth in the U.S. Immigration contributes over 2.25 million people to the U.S population annually,” according to susps.org
According to usaimmigrationreform.org, the immigration reform focuses on all immigrants both legal and illegal. Organizations such as the Dream Act also known as the Development Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act supports the immigration reform law.
According to nilc.org(National immigration law center) the Dream Act would permit certain immigrant students who have grown up in the U.S. to apply for temporary legal status and to eventually attain permanent legal status and become eligible for U.S. citizenship if they go to college or serve in the U.S. military.
Ms. Andrea Wright who comes from Jamaica, but now a citizen of the U.S passionately states, “I follow the Dream act.”.She migrated to the U.S in 1979 and got her citizenship in 1998 and adds, “I completed four years of college.” “I feel if you are from another country and you came here as a child you should be able to pursue a higher education whether you are a citizen or not.”
Ms.Genevieve Goie admits although she is not really following the debate on the immigration reform, she says, “ its fair that an illegal immigrant child should be allowed to get their citizenship if they have been in the country for a long time and have had their education here.”
Twenty year old, Jainell Webb says, “my mom left me in Jamaica when I was one years old to come here (America) illegally, but after she got married to a legal American citizen I came here when I was five years old. I got my American citizenship in my sophomore year of high school as did my mom.
Also she says, “the immigration process is too long, so many cheat their way in.”
Pastor Duro Ojetayo, strongly believes that, “America should proceed and grant immigration status to the illegal aliens that have been in this country contributing to its jobs and progress. Also that the children of this people should not be denied citizenship, so they should have a pact for it because most of them were brought by their parents.”
As a way of controlling the number of illegal immigrants that enter the country each year, Mr. Ojetayo suggests, “America should invest in more technology around its borders because it is such a vast land that the police can not control all of it.”
The immigration reform law is not only important to the politician but also to people like Mr. Ojetayo who says, “many of them are staying here to better their lives and to just ruin the future of this people is not good even if they came here illegally.”