Today, as we discussed the 14th Amendment, we learned that Senator Mitch McConnell believes that it should be reviewed because of questions about illegal immigration. In August, Senator John Kyl said, "There is a constitutional provision in the 14th Amendment that has been interpreted to provide that, if you are born in the United States, you are a citizen no matter what. … And so the question is, if both parents are here illegally, should there be a reward for their illegal behavior?"
In the midst of that discussion, some of you asked how legal immigration works today. It's very different from when my great-grandparents came to the United States through Ellis Island. Back then, if you could buy a ticket to New York City, if you had some money in your pocket and a place to stay once you got to the U.S.A., and if you didn't have a terrible contagious disease, you could become a citizen very quickly and easily.
These days, it's different. This cartoon is the best summary I've found of how to become a legal immigrant in the United States today. Click on it to zoom in.