This article was published today from Gleen Kessler at the Washington Post. It examines how DACA recipients can become legal US citizens. It makes you wonder why Congress is unable to create a direct path to citizenship.
In a news release on Sept. 1, Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) asserted that “preliminary data … indicate that the Obama administration allowed thousands of DACA recipients to exploit an immigration law loophole to obtain green cards.” More than a thousand DACA recipients had already obtained citizenship, the news release added. The announcement resulted in a flurry of news stories.
If a DACA participant marries a U.S. citizen, for instance, he or she could seek to obtain status as a lawful permanent resident, more popularly known as a green card. There are other routes to obtaining a green card, such as being a victim of a crime and helping police, being a battered spouse or a victim of human trafficking, and so forth. Green-card recipients are eligible to apply for U.S. citizenship after five years.