by Tashun Chism
Ruben Carmona came to the United States from Mexico as a teenager. Now a full U.S. citizen, he says the road to citizenship was a hard one.
"I didn't have anything when I came here but I was able to pay my way through college which eventually gave me a job."
A group of us Senators recently agreed on a deal they hope will make it easier for immigrants like Carmona to become legal. The deal would allow illegal immigrants to pay fees and a $5,000 fine to get a visa. They would then have to return to their country of origin to get another visa before returning to the U.S. to get on track for permanent residency, a process that could take between 8 and 13 years.
Carmona tells us he was fortunate to have his citizenship application approved in just 9 months.
"In my case, I think because I had been living here for twelve years, so I guess's there was a line they could trace and everything was okay."
Carmona knows it often takes immigrants many years to become legal. He also knows it costs money to become a legal resident or citizen, but he doesn't think illegal immigrants should be sent back to their countries of origin for visas.