I recently started writing about immigration from the perspective of a family trying to comply: ours. If you've not read the first article, I'd recomend reading it before this one: http://john.connollyclan.com/2012/07/immigration-reform-from-other-side-part.html
After people are aware that Pam has had some difficulties with her immigration journey, going back to when we were first married several years ago, the next question they usually ask is, "so you're done now, she's a citizen?" After we tell them no, she's very close to that, but not there yet, they inevitably follow up with, "why doesn't she just do it?" This is the question that I think is stuck in so many American's heads: "Why don't immigrants just 'do it', and get their paperwork in order." If only people knew how many days, nights, and weeks we have cried out in anguish wanting to do just that!