Wednesday, December 14, 2022

Biden Spikes Foreign-Born Voting Population by Over 900K in 2022; After Declining Early in the COVID-19 Outbreak, Immigrant Naturalizations in the U.S. are Rising Again

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Biden Spikes Foreign-Born Voting Population by Over 900K in 2022:
President Joe Biden is projected to spike the number of legal immigrants securing naturalized American citizenship, allowing them to vote in future United States elections, by more than 900,000 this year.
Federal data analyzed by Pew Research Center finds that the U.S. will likely see about 940,000 legal immigrants secure naturalized American citizenship by the end of the year in part due to the Biden administration’s push to massively boost naturalizations.
Gaining naturalized American citizenship is an immense privilege as immigrants gain the right to vote and can go on to sponsor an unlimited number of foreign relatives for green cards through the process known as “chain migration.”
As Pew Research notes, Biden’s 940,000 naturalizations for 2022 is close to prior all-time highs like in 2008 and 1996 when more than a million were naturalized.
The massive uptick indicates that the foreign-born voting population in the U.S. now stands at about 24.5 million — the largest in American history — or about 10 percent of the total eligible voting population. Compare that to less than three decades ago when the naturalized American citizen population was just 7.6 million. --->READ MORE HERE
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After declining early in the COVID-19 outbreak, immigrant naturalizations in the U.S. are rising again:
After a sharp drop in naturalizations in the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic, immigrants in the United States are becoming citizens in numbers not seen for more than a decade.
More than 900,000 immigrants became U.S. citizens during the 2022 fiscal year, according to a Pew Research Center estimate based on government data released for the first three quarters of the year. That annual total would be the third-highest on record and the most in any fiscal year since 2008, when more than a million people were naturalized. Federal fiscal years run from Oct. 1 to Sept. 30.
The rebound in naturalizations aligns with upticks in other measures of legal immigration since the spring of 2020, when pandemic-related restrictions, border closures and office shutdowns were widespread. Government data shows a rise since then in the number of immigrants receiving green cards as new lawful permanent residents, as well as a partial rebound in arrivals by foreign students, tourists and other lawful temporary migrants.
Here are five key facts about naturalization trends and U.S. naturalized citizens, based mainly on a Pew Research Center analysis of data from the Department of Homeland Security and the Census Bureau. Immigrants generally are eligible to become U.S. citizens if they are at least 18 years old and a lawful permanent resident who has lived continuously in the U.S. for at least five years, or three years if married to a U.S. citizen. They must meet certain conditions that include a background check and, in most cases, must pass English language and civics tests. Citizenship confers privileges and obligations that include the right to vote, serve on a jury, sponsor other family members and apply for government benefits and jobs. --->READ MORE HERE
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