I am so tired of hearing people say “I have nothing against immigrants; they just need to come here the right way!” And what is this “right” way?
The keys to coming to and working in America are a Visa and a “green card” (Legal Permanent Residency), available through an American Embassy in the country of origin and processed through the U.S. Immigration Service.
Using El Salvador as an example: An I-130 application has a price tag of $420, and a processing time of 5 months. Application to a U.S. National Visa Center is $318, and takes 6 weeks. Letters of need and support from others costs $670, and can take up to 6 months. An 1601-A application is $160, and processes over 6 months. An I-864 application to the National Visa Center is $160, and interview appointment at a U.S. Embassy runs $165, plus a health exam by an approved doctor is $100 and it all takes months to set up.
Furthermore, no documents can be mailed directly to the American Embassy for security purposes. They must go through a courier service that costs another $200.
Do you see any of the people in the caravan ever being able to come here the “right” way?