Why do you help people who have not waited in line to immigrate to this country? That doesn’t seem fair to the ones who are following the law.

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The truth is there is no line for most undocumented immigrants and the “regular channels” do not include them.  Approximately 500,000 undocumented immigrants enter the U.S. each year – most coming to work and typically to do so in the service sector – yet there are only 5,000 green cards for unskilled workers.  Until there are more legal avenues for employers to hire immigrant workers, illegal immigration will fill the gap and we will not gain the control over immigration that the American people demand.  Moreover, our current family visa system is woefully out of date.  Countless immigrants who have already been approved for visas to join their U.S. families are forced to wait years (often more than ten) in order to come to the U.S. because of the current quota system and tremendous backlogs.

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