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Immigrating legally means navigating a system both political parties say is broken. Here’s why it’s so difficult.

After her brother was gunned down in 2012, Jessica Mejía and her mother wanted to legally migrate to the U.S. But like millions of migrants who want to move to the U.S., they discovered how difficult it is.

Carmen Ramirez and her daughter, Jessica Mejia in their Baytown, Texas home on Thursday, August 24, 2023. Ramirez and Mejia, originally from Colombia, are pursuing US citizenship and preparing to take the naturalization test together.

Political stalemate on immigration reform

Legal paths for immigrants

Carmen Ramirez's notes in her Baytown home on August 24, 2023. Ramirez, originally from Colombia, takes weekly English classes and studies the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services guides in preparation for the naturalization test.

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