Thousands of local families await change to the way the United States handles immigration.
With immigration reform stalled in Congress, lawmakers in the region are scrambling to help out family members of their constituents trying to get to the States.
Many businesses in the region are hoping immigration reform passes so they can bring in more high skilled workers from overseas. But Northern Virginia Democratic Congressman Gerry Connolly says it's about more than high-skilled workers.
"In doing constituent work immigration is my No. 1 issue," Connolly says.
Rep. Connolly says he's received calls asking for help bringing sick relatives over to the U.S. for life-saving surgeries, as well as requests to have family members come over for weddings and other events. Connolly says without reform there isn't much that can be done to help speed up the process.
"For every person we naturalize as a citizen, there are many behind that person waiting their turn," Rep. Connolly says. "So we have to clean up the system, we have to make it fairer, more transparent, more accountable, and streamline it."
As the two parties on Capitol Hill argue over how to proceed on immigration reform, thousands of families in the region continue to wait for answers to their questions about navigating the nation's complex immigration system.