Immigration will continue to be a pressing issue for individuals throughout the United States, as well as oversees. Vice President Biden recently spoke at the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and made his stance regarding immigration reform very clear to all those in attendance.
Biden reiterated the tone of the White House saying how desperately immigration reform needs to take place. He feels that there are 11 million people that are not legal permanent residents, but are already American citizens. He feels strongly that the millions of undocumented aliens have made tremendous contributions to the American economy in numerous areas including health, science and engineering. He even went as far as to say that when these undocumented aliens receive their degrees, a green card should be stapled to each one.
After detailing various contributions made by the Latin American community, Biden stressed that immigration reform will have a great impact on international business dealings. Foreign policy, as well as economic policy with Latin America would benefit greatly from immigration reform.
In order to become a lawful permanent resident in the United States an individual would need to be issued a green card. It is important to note that being issued a green card is not the same as actually becoming a United States citizen. The green card essentially allows non-United States citizen to legally live in the country indefinitely. Individuals may be eligible for a green card based on their family relatives, employment or asylum seekers.
Immigration can be a complex road to navigate alone. Individuals struggling with immigration related issues need to ensure their rights are protected throughout the legal process and including on their path to becoming a lawful U.S. resident.
Source: CNN News, "Biden: Undocumented immigrants 'already American citizens'," March 27, 2014