The focus on illegal immigration and the border sadly absorbs all of the attention about immigration generally. In my experience, most Americans underestimate how deeply broken our immigration system is.
Next time this comes up in a conversation with someone, I’m going to show them the insane graphic in this article.
Contrary to public perception, immigrants cannot simply wait and get a green card (permanent residence) after a few years. Legal immigration is less like waiting in line and more like winning the lottery: it happens, but it is so rare that it is irrational to expect it in any individual case.