This is an interesting op-ed from today’s Washington Post. It points out that even immigrants who take the “legal route” to residency here in the U.S. are often stymied by the long waits for their processing. It concludes:
America hardly encourages foreigners to enter and live in the country legally when simply processing their naturalization forms can take years. Citizenship and Immigration Services needs to cut its wait times by making a rapid transition to electronic forms and better organizing reform efforts.