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Will your kids have a better life in the United States?

One of the biggest reasons that people immigrate to the United States is that they think it can help give them a better life, not just for themselves, but also for their children. Is this a reality, or just a myth that keeps being repeated?

A study carried out in the last few years suggests that it is a reality, that those who immigrate to the U.S. do tend to feel like their lives are better than if they'd not come. The study was done by the Harvard School of Public Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. It was then reported by National Public Radio, among others.

The study was essentially just a poll, in which they spoke to people who had already immigrated. The biggest reason people gave for coming was the search for a better life in America.

How did they think it would get better? Specifics they noted included:

-- Less risk from violence and crime.

-- More opportunities and chances to "get ahead."

-- Better school systems.

-- Better health care.

-- Political freedom and lack of government oppression.

-- Women's rights.

One expert noted that, with every category, from 60 percent to 80 percent of those polled said they had found advantages in the United States. They did admit that issues still existed -- it wasn't 100 percent success in every category -- but the study still suggested general overall improvement.

If that's what you're trying to find for your children, make sure you know how the legal process works and what steps to take so that they can immigrate and become citizens.

Source: NPR, "Latino Immigrants Find A Better Life In U.S., Poll Says," Celeste Headlee, accessed April 14, 2017

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