Wednesday, June 5, 2019
According to U.S. government data, naturalizations increased in 2018. The increase could be the result of government efforts. And it might be in part because of immigrant fears of removal under the Trump administration's aggressive immigration enforcement policies. That would not be an unprecedented development. After the passage of California's milestone immigration enforcement measure in 1994 and a series of tough immigration initiatives, naturalization rates spiked. This ultimately transformed the politics of California, which now has declared itself to be a "sanctuary state."
According to a new U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) report, the number of people who became citizens in fiscal year 2018 reached a five-year high, writes Abigail Hauslohner in The Washington Post. The report shows USCIS naturalized 756,800 people in 2018, a 16% increase from 2014. USCIS said that it processed more naturalization applications in 2018 than in any of the past five fiscal years — nearly 850,000, an 18 percent increase from 2014. According to government statistics, the agency has received more than 2 million naturalization applications in the past two fiscal years, through the end of 2018. More than 730,000 applications are pending.