The United States is a country of immigrants. Only those of Native American descent can claim to be original residents of this country. However, immigration, especially as it relates to the undocumented immigrant, is a politically hot topic right now. The problem is that the issue of justice is not a priority in all the debate surrounding this topic.
As an example, there was a family from Mexico who legally entered the U.S., but their oldest daughter had only one more year of high school and chose to stay home with relatives. After graduating she tried to join her family, but because she had just had her 18th birthday, she was not considered a child and was told there would be a twelve year wait for her to be able to come to the U.S. She must endure that long separation or join the growing undocumented population.
On a different note, an immigrant marries a U.S. citizen. After one year the immigrant can apply for citizenship. The government scrutinizes every area of the couple’s life with hundreds of questions to see if they know each other well enough. The government has refused citizenship or even legal status on such grounds as one person not knowing the color of their spouse’s toothbrush or one person saying they have wood floors and the other saying they had laminate (wood laminate) floors.