Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Naturalization Delays to Affect 2008 Elections?

We previously have reported about the backlog in naturalization petitions, with current delays of 16-18 months to process the paperwork for citizenship. A surge of petitions were filed when the federal government increased the fees for naturalization petitions in the summer of 2007.  The processsing delay could affect the Presidential elections -- tens of thousands of petitions may not be processed before the 2008 elections. For analysis of this issue, click here.

My guess is that newly-naturalized citizens would be much less likely than other citizens to support the "get-tough-on-immigrants" approach embraced by the Republican candidates stumping for votes in Iowa.

UPDATE  The N.Y. Times reported that, on January 11, federal officials announced that they had agreed on an emergency plan to hire back about 700 retired government employees in an effort to pare an immense backlog in applications for citizenship by legal immigrants.

KJ

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Comments

KJ,

Don't know. Could legal immigrants resent illegals who didn't have to go through the long arduous process they did? I'm sure some do.

If we're talking my closest living family members, all legal immigrants from the Philippines, I got three examples of legal aliens who think illegals have gotten preferred treatment. Follow the law and get screwed. Isn't that a description of The Widow Penalty?

Posted by: The Florida Masochist | Jan 3, 2008 3:31:18 PM

The people in the LA Times article were granted green card status for 20 or more years before they were stampeded into file their applications, along with millions of others, overloading our system, and then complain that they have to wait! Sort of destroys the romanticism attributed to legal residents desiring to become full participants in the so-called "American Dream" at the earliest opportunity, doesn't it? Moreover, these new applicants have the nerve to claim it's a government plot. How pathetic that they should blame their inablility to vote on the federal government when they were fully eligible to apply over a decade ago. I'm not impressed by the lack of civic-mindedness of your wonderful new immigrants. It seems they were content to let millions of other people determine the politics of this country, until their illegal alien friends and family members were threatened with deportation.

Posted by: Horace | Jan 4, 2008 9:10:21 PM

Horace, you hit the nail right on the head. The sad thing is that green-card holders on the whole tend to be more arrogant than the U.S. citizens. They forget that the LPR status is NOT a right. Its a gift from the United States. Those that naturalize should be proud of their new home. Those that wait and wait for twenty years clearly have loyalties that lie elsewhere.

Posted by: BPG | Jan 7, 2008 9:24:15 AM

I have been a PR for almost 50 years. I am also a service connected, 100% disabled veteran. I served in combat and dedicated 8 and a half years of my life to defend this country and the rights of "citizens" to run their mouth off about legal aliens who do not apply for citizenship after becoming eligible to do so. I have not applied for citizenship as a protest, not because my loyalties lie elsewhere. Why should I have to pay even a single cent for my citizenship? I believe that I have earned the right to be a citizen without having to go through all that BS as well as all men and women did who served this country of ours. Unlike every other country, this, the greatest country in the world, still does not reward it's PR veterans with citizenship. Now, before you want to bad mouth anyone, bad mouth your politicians for not taking care of this problem.

Thank a veteran for your freedom before you ask him if he is a "citizen".

Posted by: Alex Horvath | Jan 9, 2008 5:45:48 PM

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