Trump’s candidacy sparking ‘a surge’ in citizenship, voter applications

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  1. kyredneck

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    ".....Donald Trump’s presidential campaign is sparking a record number of citizenship applications and increases in voter registration among Latinos upset by the candidate’s rhetoric and fearful that he would reverse current immigration policy.

    The latest federal data on citizenship is still a few weeks away, but already this presidential cycle has seen increased interest. More than 185,000 citizenship applications were submitted in the final three months of 2015, according to government statistics. That’s a roughly 14 percent year-to-year increase and about 15,000 more registrations compared to the same three-month period in 2011 leading into the 2012 presidential campaign cycle.

    Across the country, activists, lawmakers and political consultants say they’re experiencing increased interest in applying for citizenship and registering to vote — through phone calls, turnout at citizenship application workshops and visits to congressional offices in pursuit of more information on how to apply.

    “A surge in Latino engagement is coming,” said Ben Monterroso, executive director of Mi Familia Vota, a nonpartisan group registering Hispanics in six states.

    “Unsolicited, people tell you that ‘I’m becoming a citizen because I want to vote against Donald Trump’ or ‘I want to vote against the attacks on our community,’ ” he added.


    Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.), an outspoken advocate for immigration reform, said he’s seeing similar interest in his Chicago district, where his office helped more than 500 people apply for citizenship this spring, a record high.

    “I’ve done citizenship fairs throughout my career and there’s something new going on,” he said Wednesday.

    The increased activity comes as Trump has continued to anger immigrant and refugee rights activists with his words and campaign pledges. On Wednesday, he told Fox News that he might establish a commission to explore his call for a temporary travel ban on Muslims. Last week, Trump tweeted a photo of himself with a taco salad and the words “I love Hispanics!” on Cinco de Mayo, a Mexican holiday commemorating a military victory over French forces in the 1862 Battle of Puebla.

    Supporters defend Trump’s travel ban and taco tweet as sincere overtures to Hispanics and concern for U.S. security. But some GOP leaders continue to warn that his candidacy will end any hope of Republicans winning over minorities....."
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  2. Aaron

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    Tap on a beehive and the buzzing intensifies.
     
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  3. Internet Theologian

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    It just furthers the notion that too many only come here for what they are going to GET for 'free' from our government, and bernie the commie sanders is assuring people of freebies, and hillary will do the same. It's the socialcrat way. :)
     
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    "Unsolicited, people tell you that ‘I’m becoming a citizen because I want to vote against Donald Trump...’"

    Doesn't it take like five years to become a citizen after applying?
     
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    Nope. It takes five (three if married to a US citizen) years of permanent residency to apply for citizenship. Then, it takes about a year to go through the process before an applicants hand is raised. I doubt these new applicants will be voting in November, 2016.
     
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    Thank you Squire.
     
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    Due to Mexican land ownership laws, many long time permanent residents have not had what to them are good and sufficient reasons for taking US citizenship. Mexico restricts non-Mexican citizens land ownership. It's way too complicated for me to go into. Suffice to say if Juan Garcia is still a Mexican citizen he can inherit his ancestral land. If he renounces his Mexican citizenship and takes US, he can't. Or if he already owns property, he has to divest himself of it. Not the best of circumstances in an agrarian based culture.
     
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    Thanks again.
     
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    Well, I doubt it means they won't be at the polls early and often in November. o_O
     
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    Exactly. Even the dead vote democrat.
     
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