The Democratic candidate for President of the United States of America, Hillary Clinton, has led a campaign taking matters on a different perspective than his Republican counterpart; she is committed to the immigrants community and supporting their rights to be eligible for full citizenship and stay in the country.
She is a firm believer of what she says is a fundamental American value: that the USA is a nation of immigrants, and they treat those who come to the country with dignity and respect- that they embrace immigrants, not denigrate them.
If you must know, there are a lot of ways to become a US citizen, but enduring the process could take up to 20 years depending on the situation. One of the easiest ways to achieve full citizenship is if you have close relatives living in the US -such as parents, a spouse or children, in which case the process to immigrate could take up from 2 to 3 months and a chance of permanent legal residence from 6 to 7 years.
There are three major points in favor if you’re chancing against full residency: close family living in the US as citizens, being amazingly skilled like a genius or a star athlete, or if you’re an investor with a million dollars to spare. Without these, it is next to impossible to be eligible for residency. Unless you apply for the Diversity Visa Program, which offers to residents of select countries a chance at winning one of 55,000 available permanent resident cards.
Even though most applicants have less than 0.01 percent chance of winning this lottery, it is an easier path to citizenship than most others.
So what can we expect from candidate Hillary if she wins the elections? A number of proposals have been presented throughout her campaign; these include several which tackle immigration issues and ways to improve the current system.
If she is elected president, she will introduce the following to her administration:
A Comprehensive Immigration Reform: A new pathway to full citizenship within her first 100 days in office will pass. It promises to treat every person with dignity, fix the family visa backlog and bring millions of hardworking Mexicans into the formal economy.
End the 3 to 10 years behind bars: Most Mexican immigrants have to face a heartbreaking dilemma when they apply for citizenship, either hide from the law and prevent getting jailed or pursue a green card by leaving the country and family behind.
Protect immigrants against inhumane law enforcement: She promises to keep law enforcement on immigrants to be humane, targeted and effective. She will also focus on detaining and deporting immigrants who pose a violent threat to general public safety.
Promote health care for everyone, even immigrants: “Anyone who wants to afford a health insurance should be able to do so, regardless of their immigration statuses”, Clinton claims.
Protect families by keeping Obama’s DACA and DAPA initiative alive: The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) are two executive actions presented by Obama in 2012. They protect both children and parents of U.S citizens who arrive to the USA as illegal immigrants and give them a chance to work legally with a work permit and be exempt from deportation. This means Hillary will continue to work on softening punitive laws against them and work their way to citizenship.
After the elections, Mexicans should expect to see a change for good if Hillary wins, either way, the country will decide everything by November 8th during the presidential elections.