Green cards should be focus of immigration reform

FlagOne of the biggest sources of contention between Democrats and Republicans when it comes to the topic of immigration reform is the best way to provide undocumented immigrants with a pathway to US citizenship.  Those against immigration reform see this as a reward for people who came to the country illegally, while immigrant rights activists want all immigrants included in the process of naturalization.

A growing number of people on both sides of the political arena are starting to believe that a greater degree of focus needs to be placed on green cards, otherwise referred to as permanent resident cards.  Those who support reform because they believe it would encourage economic growth say that allowing more immigrants to be able to work in the United States would strengthen the country’s place in the global market by boosting the economy.

Most immigrants come to the United States in order to create a better life and securing a green card is vital in order to make sure that they have the legal right to work.  There are only a few methods of obtaining a green card at present, such as being married to an existing citizen, via the diversity lottery or being sponsored by an employer.

Immigrant worker advocates are of the belief that there should be greater restrictions on naturalization but fewer on the requirements for getting a green card in order to allow more people to be able to come to the United States for work.