Friday, July 11, 2008
The Los Angeles Times reports that, according to recently released Departyment of Homeland Security data, the number of Mexican immigrants who naturalized and became citizens rose by nearly 50% in 2007. Officials cite a campaign by Spanish-language media and community groups, plus a desire to apply before a steep fee hike went into effect. I would add that the political energy -- and some fears -- generated by the debate over immigration reform, contributed to the naturalization spike.
To view the Department of Homeland Security statistical report, click here.