Anger at campaign rhetoric spurs a major citizenship drive
Latino advocacy and media groups are coordinating a major effort to spur eligible Hispanic immigrants, many angered by campaign rhetoric, to become U.S. citizens and register to vote ahead of the November election.
While there have been citizenship drives in past election cycles, the organizers, many with ties to labor unions and other left-leaning groups, say this one is particularly intense and broad-based. The groups plan to target both swing states like Colorado and solidly Democratic or Republican ones, like California and Texas.
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More than half of the eight million legal permanent residents, who are eligible to become naturalized U.S. citizens, are Latino, according to the Department of Homeland Security.
Corporations, media companies and donors are spending millions to fund the campaign, which also leans on volunteers in Hispanic communities. Organizers are hosting free citizenship workshops, launching print and digital media campaigns, and knocking on doors, and the groups say Latinos appear to be galvanized by the tough talk on immigration by some Republican candidates.Read the rest of the story HERE.
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