This year, the 4th July holiday was more than a celebration of the nation's independence for many immigrants. Naturalization ceremonies, organized by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (UCIS), were held all over the country. In California, a ceremony at the Los Angeles Convention Center allowed thousands of people realize their dream of becoming US citizens.
Thousands of people come to the United States to find work every year. But in order to do so, many workers come into the country illegally, despite not being eligible for a green card. There has been much discussion on Capitol Hill over the past few years on this issue, and a new immigration law has been proposed that will require employers to verify that their employees are legally permitted to work in the country. California, like many other states, has begun to investigate whether the newly introduced E-verify measures are reasonable.
Becoming a U.S. citizen can be a long and difficult process. Many foreign nationals come to the U.S. on temporary work visas, but removal of conditional residences status prevents these people from acquiring green cards, without which they cannot legally stay in the U.S.. Because of this, immigrants sometimes resort to other methods in order to stay and maintain the only life that they have known. Unfortunately, these methods do have legal risks.
Few options are available to people who want to become legal residents who arrive without documentation from Mexico to California for work and, or business related purposes. Many immigrants come to California seeking cheap labor jobs. They often come here alone hoping to become legal residents, and they often arrive without documentation, thereby needing to acquire citizenship.