The Immigration Process

And How It's Flawed

By: Michelle, Devin, Christopher, Ashlyn, Jasmine, Blake, Dylan, Miranda, and Samuel

Immigrants are people like you and me

Immigration is a topic that affects everyone, no matter what their political views are. Immigrants coming to America are being portrayed as ruthless criminals, when in reality, a majority only want to better their lives for themselves and their families. However, they are being stopped by the strict immigration process. Although having secure borders is critical for the safety of our nation, it is hypocritical of the United States to say that it is the land of the free, when we are preventing families from getting the freedoms they deserve just as we did years ago.

The Issue

Immigrants seeking refuge from devastating conditions of their native land come to America to obtain citizenship and opportunity. However, more often than not, obtaining legal status takes over a decade. America brings in 20% of immigrants worldwide, and an estimated 15% of the U.S. population are immigrants. Our project focuses on informing those who aren't aware of the absurd conditions immigrants face when coming to the U.S. We are going to discuss the flaws of the current immigration system and how it's underfunded. The root causes of the issue are the lack of modern technology; as well as the high demand that causes huge delays. We want to help inspire reform by spreading awareness.

Our Goal

We plan on raising awareness of the issues that lie within the legal immigration process by making a PSA that shows what immigrants coming into America really go through and the hardship they face. We are going to do this in hopes of inspiring reform within the legal system that is so outdated and underfunded that people are waiting decades to start their lives here.

Take Action

Individual:
  • contact your friends/neighbors
  • you could tell people that immigrants are the same as us


Local/State:

  • create an immigration awareness group
  • start a petition to improve current immigration laws
Group 4 - Immigration

Sources

The Atlantic "What the Waiting List for Legal Residency Actually Looks Like."

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/09/what-the-waiting-list-for-legal-residency-actually-looks-like/540408/


Brookings "Inside the Immigration Process."

https://www.brookings.edu/opinions/inside-the-immigration-process/


PBS News Hour "U.S. Prepares to House More Immigrants in Tents at the Southern Border."

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/politics/u-s-prepares-to-house-more-immigrants-in-tents-at-the-southern-border

Resources

Immigration Law Resources:

https://www.hg.org/immigration-law.html


Refugee Services of Texas:

https://www.rstx.org/fort-worth

About Us

We are Group 4 and are called the Resilient Representatives. Our group members include Michelle, Blake, Dylan, Chris, Ashlyn, Miranda, Jasmine, Devin, and Samuel. We chose to cover immigration because we felt there was a need to make people aware of how difficult it is to get into the country and how insufficient the immigration process is.


Michelle is a Scorpio, Miranda is a Scorpio, Ashlyn is a Virgo, Chris is an Aries, Blake is a Scorpio, Jenae is an Aquarius, Jasmine is a Taurus, Devin and Samuel are unknown, and Dylan likes the cookies here. :)

What We Learned

Jasmine: "I learned that the immigration process takes a long time."

Chris: "I learned how to advocate about something that you want changed and how to be engaged."

Dylan: "Everyone can make a change."

Blake: "I learned how to project my communal ideas into official presentations that display thoughtful issues and improvements to the community."

Miranda: "What I learned this week is many people (In my group) have the same opinions as me on certain topics."

Ashlyn: "At this camp, I've learned how I can advocate for things I believe in. I also learned about a lot of issues occurring in our community."

Michelle: "I learned how to influence and change a community for the better."