It is so disappointing to read about people being arrested and taken away from their families when some of them are trying to become citizens. Those who come to America for a better life aren’t here to take jobs away from anyone; they work at jobs that nobody else wants to do. Becoming a citizen costs more money than some immigrants have, but they still try their best to become a citizen, as they are often trying to get away from violence.
When asylum is granted, people are unable to work for eight weeks until they receive a worker permit. How is that helpful to anyone? Granting asylum does not ensure anyone that later they will become a citizen, and they have to regularly reapply. Each of these programs cost around $500.
America has always welcomed immigrants; that is what makes America great. We’re a melting pot of differences. Why must we change now?
If the process of becoming a U.S. citizen wasn’t so costly, more people could work legally, have families, pay taxes and have a chance to make a better life for themselves. After all, isn’t that what America is all about?