Latino immigrants flock to naturalization campaigns across the U.S. ahead of November elections
- Naturalization applications increased by 14.5% between June and December 2015 over the same period in 2014, with some analysts attributing part of the influx to the anti-immigrant rhetoric of Republican presidential candidates.
- Of the 8.8 million authorized residents eligible for naturalization, an estimated 3.9 to 4.5 million are Latino, but hefty costs deter many from gaining citizenship.
- Mexican immigrants in particular are under-naturalized, with only 36% of eligible immigrants having become citizens, leading to drives in states like Colorado, Florida, Arizona, Texas, and Nevada to promote naturalization among the remaining 2.7 million.
“Latinos line up to get naturalized and stop Trump” (CNN)
“More Latinos Seek Citizenship to Vote Against Trump” (The New York Times)
“In Citizenship Drives, Latinos Sign Up to Vote Against Trump” (Vibe)
(Image Credit: Theo Stroomer/The New York Times)