April 15, 2013
Darrell West, Bookings Institution, who was the Keynoter at the Einstein’s Alley Immigration Conference last June at the Institute for Advanced Study, recently described the frustrations of the US immigration process that he and his wife experienced.
At a time when national leaders are debating ways to reform immigration laws, most Americans would be shocked to know what actually happens inside the current process. As a native-born resident, I had no idea until I married a German woman and sought to get her citizenship. I assumed marrying an American automatically made her a citizen and that administrative approval would be simple and straight-forward.