Last year, around 750,000 people became naturalized citizens and millions more are legal residents, well on their way to becoming an American. So, why are so many people still here illegally?
The short answer is: It can be a long and costly process.
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Every year thousands of people travel by air, sea and foot in pursuit of the American dream. But the journey to stay in this country, for many, can be the biggest challenge.
“It is very difficult to immigrate to the United States,” said Cleveland immigration lawyer David Leopold.
Leopold says there are two paths people often take: Through a family or employer sponsorship.
“In order to become a citizen you have to be here as a green card holder, that
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