As President Obama's executive action on immigration works its way through the courts, the number of foreign nationals trying to legally enter the United States has grown to 4.4 million, according to the State Department.

William La Jeunesse reported on "Happening Now" that ever since Obama's executive action gave lawful status to millions of illegal immigrants, people trying to enter the U.S. legally have been pushed to the back of the line.

La Jeunesse reported that U.S. policy is supposed to grant the spouses and families of American citizens abroad priority for visas, but now illegal immigrants already in the U.S. get preference.

"Most Americans are upset that the legal immigration system that has been set up by Congress has been completely dismembered and distorted in this way to benefit people who came here originally illegally," Jessica Vaughan, with the Center for Immigration Studies, said. "They're not qualified for legal immigration in most cases. And yet their applications were given the highest priority."

La Jeunesse reported that the backlog of people waiting to enter the U.S. legally has grown to 4.4 million, 100,000 more than last year, because the agency in charge, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), is so busy processing illegal immigrants.

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