Video Of Couple Receiving Green Cards After 25-Year Wait Goes Viral

Perhaps one of the happiest days for immigrants living in the United States is the day that they received a permanent residence card, also known as a green card.

The wait time is short for some and longer for others, but once approved by the Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and arrives in the mail, it's not unusual for the recipients to find cause for celebration.

Adrian Carrillo and his wife Veronica waited 25 years before they finally received their green cards on Wednesday, according to The Miami Herald.

Their son Alex, 19, was apparently with them at their home in Chandler, Arizona, when they opened the mail from USCIS. He recorded a video when his parents opened the envelopes to learn that they'd become permanent residents.

They danced, and they cried. Then, Alex posted the video to his Twitter account, addressing "ignorant trump supporters" in a message along with the video.

"For those ignorant trump supporters who say "why don't they just come here legally," it took my parents 25 YEARS and THOUSANDS of dollars to finally become residents. Blessed to say my parents dreams finally became true," he wrote.

People began sharing and liking, and the video went viral, garnering over 7 million views in about three days.

"I posted it to inform and motivate people who are in the [immigration] process to not give up, and for other people to see that the process takes long," Alex, a U.S.-born citizen, told el Nuevo Herald.

In addition to the video of his parents opening the USCIS envelopes, Alex also posted two videos of his parents visiting Mexico thereafter, as well as several tweets asking Trump supporters to "stop being so inhumane" and "imagine seeking asylum because of the corrupt government/ crime infested country. And it's either life or death or just no future at all."

The teen described a sense of fear while growing up "that at any moment my parents could be taken away."

He told the publication that a number of immigrants and children of immigrants have shared their green card experiences in response to his video.

Green cards provide immigrants with the right to live permanently in the United States, the right to work at any legal workplace and protection under all local, state and federal U.S. laws.

Homeland Security reported that in the fiscal year of 2017, a total of 1,127,167 people obtained lawful permanent resident status—down from 1,183,505 in 2016 but up from the consecutive years of 2010-2014.

The Herald reported that Alex declined to provide specifics about why it took his parents, who are originally from Mexico, so long to become permanent residents, only saying that his sister, a 21-year-old U.S. citizen, "sponsored them."

In five years, Alex's parents may, if they wish, become U.S. citizens through a process called naturalization.

A 2017 report from Homeland Security said that a total of 707,265 people were naturalized in 2017. That number is 6.1 percent down from 2016, when 753,060 people were naturalized. Though, the number of applications for citizenship increased about 1.5 percent, from 972,151 in 2016 to 986,851 in 2017.

Leading countries of birth of new citizens were Mexico, India, China, the Philippines and the Dominican Republic, according to the report, which was published in August 2018.

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A stack of permanent resident cards after they were turned in by 25 people before a naturalization ceremony on the National Mall, May 5, 2008, in Washington, D.C. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
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