July 5, 2007

THINK THEY'LL VOTE FOR THE PARTY OF TOM TANKREDO?:

Staying in America: Millions of immigrants could be naturalised before the next election (The Economist, 7/05/07)

More than 8m immigrants are thus eligible for naturalisation. Roughly a third are Mexican. Permanent residents from Mexico have historically applied for naturalisation at lower rates than immigrants from other countries, partly because it is easy to go back and forth between Mexico and the United States.

But now many legal immigrants from Mexico want full citizenship. And many Latino citizens want them to get it. In January 2007 the Ya es hora ¡Ciudadania! campaign was launched. (The name translates roughly as “Citizenship—now is the time!”) Its goal is to help 1m people get naturalised this year. Their votes, say organisers, will matter in forthcoming elections—and could be especially interesting in Florida, a key swing state. As citizens, they could add their voices to calls for immigration reform.


Posted by Orrin Judd at July 5, 2007 12:00 AM
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The more, the merrier.

Posted by: erp at July 5, 2007 4:53 PM
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