Why Many Illegal Aliens Don't 'Wait in Line Like Everyone Else'

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Sylvia Longmire
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15 June 2014
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National News
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On Monday, the US Supreme Court ruled that if a child turns 21 years old, or “ages out,” while his or her parent(s) has a pending application for a US visa, they will have to go to the back of the line, so to speak, and start the process all over again--thus making the process of legally coming to the U.S. much more difficult...

The average wait time for a Mexican national applying for a visa can vary from no time at all to twenty years. For example, if you’re a Mexican professional with an advanced college degree, you can get a visa very quickly. If you’re a Mexican skilled worker with a specialty that requires at least two years of training, the wait is roughly six years. But if you have a US citizen sibling, the wait is, on average, 17 years, and up to twenty years if you are the child of a US citizen born in Mexico.

This begs the question, why would someone from Mexico or Central America want to wait in line for so many years to say they followed the rules when it is becoming increasingly easy to emigrate to the US illegally? It is much easier to obtain a non-immigrant visa, enter the US legally, and just stay past the expiration date of the visa...