Hey Christopher. Thanks for reading. Just want to clear some stuff up about what crimes the parents are being charged of.
Illegal entry is a federal misdemeanor crime. 91 percent of parents who had children separated from them were prosecuted with illegal entry. Other felony misdemeanors include "false claims for postal losses," embezzlement, and failure to pay child support. Not all of these crimes lead directly to jail time.
Pittsburgh City Paper
Hey teeceemadison, thanks for reading and for commenting. I wrote a story about another immigrant who faced deportation, and had more room to explain why it is so difficult, sometimes impossible for undocumented immigrants to gain citizenship. Marriage to a U.S. citizen is best way, and it appears Sandoval is not married. For many, many undocumented immigrants (especially those from Mexico) there is little choice for them to make, in terms of becoming citizens.
And below is an excerpt explaining the difficulties for undocumented immigrants gaining citizenship.
"Because the couple lacked any immediate family members who were U.S. citizens before immigrating, entering legally was nearly impossible, says Carter. She adds that even for those lucky enough to fit the legal criteria, the process can take five to 15 years just to get the initial green card.
Legal immigration is easier for those who have jobs lined up with employers willing to go through the green-card process. First, a U.S. employer must complete a labor certificate for the immigrant; this can take anywhere from six months to several years. Next, a visa petition must be obtained for the worker; this can take up to four months. Lastly, the workers green card must be obtained; this takes about six months. But Carter notes that this process isnt perfect, saying that many employers, particularly in agriculture, have publicly supported immigration reform because of the difficulties of obtaining visas.
There are also visas for those who can prove worthy of asylum status, which Martns advocates are pursuing given his dealings with the cartels in Mexico City. And there is a lottery that makes 55,000 green cards available to persons from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States. However, immigrants from Mexico, China, the Philippines, India and others with high levels of immigration here dont qualify."