International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Dr. Beth Garcia, Dr. Janet T. Hindman, Dr. Malvika Behl

One of the most controversial topics in the United States today is the subject of immigration and border security. This qualitative case study highlights the plight of one man who chose to enter the United States without proper documentation over twenty years ago and describes his difficult journey to legal citizenship. Through changing laws and regulations, he lived in a constant state of flux while struggling to support his family in the midst of his pursuit of a Green Card. Through triangulation of data sources, the researchers illustrate the participant’s need for citizenship, the process he faced, and the journey he experienced juxtaposed against his perceptions of the immigration process and the condemning labels he endured as an undocumented immigrant. The findings and the implications of the study present unique perspectives of the arduous journey to citizenship that one immigrant and his family experienced.

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