When it comes to promises of immigration reform, Marietta attorney Irene Steffas has heard all this before.
“I was sure it was going to happen in 2003. That’s why we bought this office condo. That was ten years ago,” she said, looking around at the walls of her Shallowford Road office in Marietta.
But ten years later, the reform she had banked on has yet to be enacted. The waves of undocumented immigrants have yet to wash through her doors looking for a path to citizenship. Her business did not boom as expected.
In the meantime, the number of people sneaking into this country or overstaying their visas has increased to approximately 11 million and the nation appears gridlocked on how to deal with the problem.
“It’s a swindle, it’s a hustle, it’s amnesty 2.0,” said immigration enforcement activist D-A King
But Steffas said she is convinced the immigration system is as byzantine and broken as the nation’s tax system.
“We have a system that was designed in 1952. That was 61 years ago. It’s time for an upgrade. In fact, it’s time for a total revamp,” she said.