Applications for US Citizenship Reaching Record Highs

Even with the Trump administration's tough talk on immigration, applications for U.S. citizenship are on pace to surpass fiscal year 2016's record 971,000.

Immigration officers are working overtime on Saturdays just to handle the backload.  Attorney Gordan Quan says some applicants have to wait a year to be sworn-in.

"While nothing has truly happened, there is the uncertainty that things would change and it's better to do what you can now under the present law," he says.

"If you decide that this is the place you want to live you need to be a part of this society," says Quan.  "You should be a citizen and have the right to vote and voice your views."

Democrats are banking on the Hispanic vote in both the 2018 midterm and 2020 presidential election.  However, Dr. Cal Jillson, a political science professor at Southern Methodist University, says not so fast.

"Voting among Latinos who are now citizens is only about two-thirds the rate of voting by Anglos and blacks," he says.  "Even as Latino citizenship increases, voting might not increase as rapidly."

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