Thursday, July 5, 2007
As we reported yesterday, the nation on Independence day saw many new citizens being sworn in at ceremonies across the country. Today, the N.Y. Times (here) has a story by JULIA PRESTON reporting about a surge in naturalization petitions: "The number of legal immigrants seeking to become United States citizens is surging, officials say, prompted by imminent increases in fees to process naturalization applications, citizenship drives across the country and new feelings of insecurity among immigrants."
Proposition 187 in 1994 and tough immigration (and welfare) reform in 1996 also resulted in spikes in citizenship applications. The tough talk on immigration reform from the Sensenbrenner bill's passage in December 2005 to the demise of immigration reform earlier this summer, evidently is generating a similar reaction. Any guess about which political party will garner the majority of votes of these new citizens will be voting for in the next elections? Can we blame them?