Letter: U.S. immigration policy remains unclear

Our polarized Congress seems to have become turbocharged this week in regards to immigration reform. Americans obviously have strong opinions about immigration yet have little on which to base those opinions. Over the past 10 years, I’ve tried to get anyone to explain, in layman’s terms, our American immigration laws.

In an age in which you can Google almost any topic and gain understanding, our immigration policies defy easy explanation.

How many immigrants are allowed into the U.S. each year? Do we have quotas for various countries? How long does the process take? Approximately how much would a potential immigrant pay in legal fees/government fees to become a legal U.S. citizen?

The immigration discussion in America has become very loud on both sides. If only those with an understanding of the law could speak out, I suspect that the discussion would become very quiet, very quickly.

John Singleton

equipment designer

Livingston