Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Delays in Processing of Naturalization Petitions to Affect Election 2008?

We reported earlier in the week about a CNN report on the delays in the processing of naturalization petitions.  Now, AP reports that millions of people who applied for naturalization and other immigration benefits to beat a midsummer fee increase are caught in a paperwork pileup that threatens the chance for some to become U.S. citizens in time to vote in next year's presidential election.

KJ

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It's so sad that the Hispanic advocacy groups will lose this opportunity to undermine U.S. sovereignty. Boo hoo! Maybe if their propaganda machine hadn't stampeded every prospective citizen by their lies and deceptions concerning the government's anti-illegal alien program our government resources wouldn't have been overwhelmed. Sometimes bad deeds reap their just rewards. It's Kharma.

Posted by: Horace | Nov 20, 2007 4:03:07 PM

Horace, why blame "Hispanic advocacy groups" for the rush in filings, when the simpler explanation is that the US govt brought the rush on itself by substantially increasing fees. Would you wait to do something if waiting was going to cost you $275 (the naturalization application went from $400 to $675, an increase of almost 70%)?

What's wrong with qualified applicants taking the final step to citizenship anyway? Your post seems to equate the naturalization process with a challenge to US sovereignty. For one who tries to make such a stark distinction between legal and illegal immigrants, it seems that you should be applauding when *legal* immigrants follow the *legal* procedures to become citizens. The quote from the AP article puts it well: "Everybody keeps saying immigrants don't want to be part of this country, they don't want to assimilate and here people are coming in droves to show how much they want to be part of this country."

Also, it seems that the anti-immigrant voices are who's to blame for scaring immigrants, legal or otherwise. Or do you think that immigrants are completely unaffected by, say, political ads that equate them with terrorists?

Posted by: Jesse | Nov 20, 2007 8:19:59 PM

That is a great story--it hits just about all the relevant points.

One does wonder: GOP politicians spearhead laws putting the onus of paying for immigration applications on the immigrants, then laws increasing those fees--in part due to security concerns, in part to pay for asylum adjudication, a treaty obligation of the U.S. government which it makes other intending immigrants pay for--all just before the 2008 elections.

Posted by: yave begnet | Nov 21, 2007 6:53:09 PM

"Also, it seems that the anti-immigrant voices are who's to blame for scaring immigrants, legal or otherwise. Or do you think that immigrants are completely unaffected by, say, political ads that equate them with terrorists?"

Name one ad that's called legal resident aliens terrorists. That's a fabrication. It's the illegal alien advocates that have been upsetting them by implying that their status can somehow be affected by the current crackdown on illegal aliens. It is well known that the only people who have anything to fear from our ICE are those legal residents who commit crimes and illegal aliens who aren't considered immigrants under our code of federal regulations. Advocates call them immigrants, but that could only be true if we have uncontrolled borders and no immigration laws, which we don't. Would you call the criminal element who've crossed our borders illegally, immigrants? Obviously you wouldn't, because they've never been vetted or given permission by our citizens to come here.

Posted by: Horace | Nov 21, 2007 8:50:58 PM

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