Gregory Bull, Associated Press
Itzel Guillen, left, sorts out some of the documents she needs to apply for a work permit along with Lucero Maganda, right, at her home Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012, in San Diego. Guillen and Maganda are among those hoping for the right to work legally in America without being deported. The Obama Administration’s “Dream Act," or the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, could expand the rights of more than 1 million young illegal immigrants.

If the issue of illegal immigration is to be solved, our representatives have to make compromises for a plan to make legal immigration easier. This solution addresses both parts of the problem: How to prevent immigrants from coming illegally and what to do with illegals already here.

One, more visas should be available. This would decrease the ridiculous wait time for visas, thereby influencing many immigrants to come legally rather than illegally.

Two, there should be a simple option to extend or regain a visa. Most workers visas expire before they have a chance to get through the permanent resident waiting list.

Three, states should establish immigration centers, under federal guidelines, to help potential citizens gain citizenship. Here they should be able to get help with their visas, learn English and learn the required U.S. history and civics for the naturalization test.

Four, immigrants should be able to do these things without fear of deportation. Deportation is costly and is ineffective as a deterrent to illegal immigration.

Easier said than done, but these changes would do much to solve illegal immigration.

Conner Paulson

American Fork