Many people living in Florida but born in another country dream of becoming U.S. Citizens. This dream came true for earlier this month for more than 200 immigrants living in the Miami area. They took the oath of allegiance as part of a naturalization ceremony held at an office of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services located in Miami. In this particular group, the immigrants represented 35 countries.
It doesn't seem that immigration laws in Alabama would have much impact on Florida. But a recent feature by the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting shows how a new immigration law in Alabama has sent a steady stream of illegal workers across Florida's borders.The new Alabama law requires police officers to check the immigration status of any people they stop for driving violations and detain or arrest them if the officers suspect the people may be in the country illegally. If these people are unable to produce papers stating that they are in the country legally, police are ordered to take them into their stations for processing, the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting says.
Throughout the country, including the state of Florida there are individuals, who though not born in the United States, have lived here since they were children. As they grew up, they attended local schools and graduated from high schools. If passed, under the Dream Act some of these individuals would be eligible to obtain temporary residence in the U.S. Certain requirements would have to be met such as joining the military or attending college. The act is working its way thought the legislative process.
You may wonder why illegal immigration seems so common in Miami and other cities across the United States. The answer might be a simple one: Immigrating to the United States legally is no easy task. In fact, as a USA Today story explains, the immigration process is expensive, confusing and lengthy.USA Today recently wrote about the challenges immigrants face when they decide to come to the United States. First, there is the limited number of family-based immigration visas available. According to the story, the United States limits these types of visas to 226,000 a year. Work-based immigration visas are capped at 140,000 each year.