One of my best friends is from South America. He’s been here since he was 6 (parents came over properly), but his parents dropped the ball on getting things handled for him and his brothers.
He’s now 38, US educated, home owner, business owner, rental property owner, has better financial discipline than 90% of the people we know, and still has all sorts of restrictions and hoops to jump through in order to do basic things like lease a car.
Forget International travel.
He’s spent thousands of dollars and the last 3 years of his time trying to get shit straightened out for him and his younger brother.
In a sad irony, he’s getting fucked by a scumbag deadbeat tenant (US citizen) who stopped paying pre-covid, and can’t do jack shit about it because of the eviction moratorium in NJ.
It’s nuts. There need to be milestones to expedite the path to permanent residency, financial or otherwise. Military service, government service, etc. Invest in the US, and they will invest in you.
The scumbags in Washington don’t see it that way, though. They’d rather flood the country with masses of people who will be dependent on them, and push to expand rights en bloc in return for votes. Entrepreneurial people who come here to truly pursue the American Dream aren’t worth their time (talking to you, Democrats), because they destroy the narrative that there’s an insurmountable barrier between the haves and have nots in this country. Alto made a good point in another thread yesterday about how self-starters and entrepreneurial people are no good for the current narrative, and I agree.