Immigration proposal could ease ag labor woes

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In a move that could help address ag labor concerns, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services agency wants to make it easier for undocumented immigrants to apply for visas.

The proposed change would allow illegal immigrants to stay in the country while their applications are being processed , according to the Federal Register.

Those seeking residency who have immediate relatives who are U.S. citizens can apply to stay in the country while their application is undergoing “consular processing,” which can take 10 years to complete.

Current regulations require visa applicants leave the country while their paperwork is reviewed.

The change is aimed at undocumented immigrants who have family members who are U.S. citizens., in particular children born in the U.S.

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USA  |  January, 09, 2012 at 01:33 PM

That is why those mistresses of higher officials who would want to keep from their wives and actresses who gets pregnant go to United States to have their unborn child delivered. They can afford to be in the US and become legal because of the children are automatically a citizen.

Bill Stanley    
Texas  |  January, 10, 2012 at 09:02 AM

Farmers get cheap labor and taxpayers subsidize the illegal aliens with benefits provided by politicians who want to get more campaign contributions from farmers.

January, 10, 2012 at 09:16 AM

In order to do this, the eligible U.S. citizen relative (usually a spouse or adult child) would need to apply for a waiver of inadmissibility for the illegal alien so that the illegal alien does not need to face the ten-year bar to re-entry. To get a waiver, the applicant must show EXTREME hardship to the U.S. citizen. The U.S. citizen must also be able to financially support the illegal alien. 30% of applicants are rejected.

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