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Petitioning President Obama and Congress and 22 others

President Obama and Congress: Support an immediate path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.

129
Supporters

Back of the line is back of the bus. That's how President Obama and the Senate's immigration proposals treat undocumented immigrants. The President and Congress want the 11.5 million undocumented immigrants to "go back of the line" before they can get a green card ans U.S. citizenshipt. If not accelerated the surrent "line" of 4.7 million people could easily take 25 years.

With time for processing even the current Senate proposal will take 15 years for U.S. citizenship for many undocumented immigrants! This is unjust!

Letter to
President Obama and Congress
Representative Zoe Lofgren
Representative Mario Diaz-Balart
and 20 others
Representative Raul Labrador
Representative John Boehner
Representative John Carter
Senator Michael Bennet
Senator Marco Rubio
U.S. House of Representatives
U.S. Senate
Senator Lindsey Graham
Senator Charles Schumer
Senator Dick Durbin
Representative Mike Honda
Representative Xavier Becerra
Representative Luis Gutierrez
Representative John Yarmuth
Representative Sam Johnson
Senator John McCain
Senator Jeff Flake
Senator Dianne Feinstein
Senator Barbara Boxer
President of the United States
Many people mistakenly believe there has been a line for immigrants to stand in. In fact, undocumented immigrants have been waiting since Dec. 31, 1981 for a line to stand in. The 1986 legalization law required applicants to show they had entered before 1982, and gave them legal residence immediately. Thus undocumented immigrants have waited up to 31 years for a line.

Except for immigrants from the Philippines and Mexico, who have up to a 24 years wait, immigrants from the rest of the world currently have a maximum wait of 12 years in the family visa system. No immigrant "in line" begins to approach the 31 years that undocumented immigrants have waited for a line. Let's not wait another 15 or 25 years! A 46 or 56 wait for an immigrant who entered the U.S. at age 20 in 1982 would provide a pathway to citizenship at age 66 or 76, a token period of life with full rights.
It has been 31 years! If passed, the current Senate proposal will take 15 years for most undocumented immigrants to get U.S. citizenship.

Support an immediate path to citizenship of immigrants who have already worked, studied, and contibuted to our nation for long periods of time.