USA FlagThe Obama administration could be making plans to grant legal status to 5 million undocumented immigrants. The proposed executive order would specifically affect undocumented immigrant parents of children born on U.S. soil. If the order is carried out, it could help to resolve one of the biggest immigration problems faced by our nation.

11 Million People Have Overstayed Visas or Entered Illegally

Currently, an estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants are residing in the United States who either entered the country illegally or overstayed the time on their visas. Also, the influx of 57,000 unaccompanied children across the Mexican border this year has served to increase the pressing nature of the immigrant crisis.

At this time, lawmakers are debating several solutions to the dilemma. One involves giving a pathway for achieving legal resident status to parents whose children were born on U.S. soil, so they can work in the country legally. Another involves granting temporary residency to parents whose children have already been given deportation deferrals through the president's administration.

Critics Have Their Doubts

As for the executive order that the president is currently considering, critics worry that it will provide incentive to pregnant foreigners to illegally cross the border and have their babies in the United States. To other critics, our country is already faced with enough problems as it struggles to provide care and services to the thousands of unaccompanied child immigrants. Many critics believe that the United States should be pushing undocumented immigrants out of the country rather than providing them a means to stay.

Numerous undocumented immigrants are waiting for some kind of a break from the current presidential administration -- or new immigration law reforms -- that will allow them to live in this country without the fear of deportation. However, even if the laws and policies do not change, immigrants have legal strategies at their disposal that could help them. Each situation is unique, but some immigrants may be able to apply for citizenship and/or legal residency status under the current laws. Taking care of this issue now instead of waiting until later could serve to prevent an individual from being deported and allow the person to feel safe in his or her community.