According to the Pew Research Center Hispanic Trends Project, there are an estimated 11.7 million immigrants living in the United States illegally as of September 2013. This number has not varied by much over the last three years but according to new estimates, it may be on the rise. Contrary to what most people in the U.S.A. think, they do NOT all emigrate from Mexico. Here are the estimated percentages of illegal undocumented immigrants: Mexicans are only 59% of the whole. Asians are 11%, Central America 11%, South America 6%, Europe & Canada 4%, Caribbean 4%, Middle East 2%, All other or unkown 3%. People come from all over the world in hopes that this will be their golden ticket to a better life.
BY JEFFREY S. PASSEL, D’VERA COHN AND ANA GONZALEZ-BARRERA
SEPTEMBER 23, 2013 Pew Research Center
Why come here illegally? That is where the very 1st step of immigration reform is broken. The process of coming to the U.S.A. is an extensive one. They have to go the American consulate in their country. There they have to determine their basis to immigrate. This process is made easier if they will be filing as a refugee/asylum status or being petitioned by a family member. To file the petition, they need to know the category they fall under. Whether it is family based, employment base, special class of immigrants or under a humanitarian program. Mind you, to file these forms it ranges from free due to humanitarian process up to $1000 JUST to file.
After you file you wait for a decision. The waiting period for a decision can be expedited to a few short months to over a year. At this point your application can be denied. If it is denied, you just lost all that money. There are no refunds. This is money thrown down the drain for people who are barely scraping by. If it’s not denied, you are given visa once one is available. They set an appointment where they interview the applicant & decide if the...