Staff Writer and Congressional Correspondent for The Christian Science Monitor
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should the Government Allow Immigrants Who Are Here Illegally to Become US Citizens?"
"Gaining legal status would likely mean three things for people now living in the US illegally… First, they would no longer be subject to deportation solely because they're in the country illegally, as long as they are law abiding in other ways. Second, they would be authorized to work. Third, they would have the ability to travel in and out of the United States. At least 60 percent of the illegal population has been in the US for more than 10 years... and are unable to return to their home countries to visit family or for other reasons...
[A] path to citizenship for illegal immigrants... [means that as] naturalized citizens, they would be eligible to receive government benefits, such as unemployment insurance and Social Security. They could vote. And they would be eligible for special immigration privileges, such as being able to bring family members into the country. If they commit a crime, they can't be deported.
These privileges of citizenship would not apply to people with legal status."
"Immigration Reform 101: How Is 'Legal Status' Different from Citizenship?," csmonitor.com, Jan. 21, 2014