Friday, June 30, 2006

Citizenship applications on the rise

Today's El Paso Times has a story by Louie Gilot noting a 42% increase in citizenship applications in the El Paso area this year. Spurred by concerns over pending immigration legislation and the realization of the economic and social advantages of citizenship (including, of course, the right to vote), many long-time legal permanent residents are taking the plunge. The large increase in citizenship applications in El Paso is a somewhat extreme example of a national trend. "In El Paso, applications for citizenship have increased by 42 percent, from 901 between January and March 2005, to 1,278 during the same period this year. That's a lot more than the national average surge of 18 percent, Citizenship and Immigration Services officials said." The full story is here:


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