Democracy Strangled: Second Wall of Barriers to Citizenship Risks Preventing Hundreds of Thousands of Immigrants from Naturalizing and Becoming Voters in Presidential Election of 2020

Date of Publication: 
February, 2019
Source Organization: 
National Partnership for New Americans

The current administration is effectively building a “Second Wall” to prevent eligible lawful permanent residents (LPRs) from becoming U.S. citizens with full voting rights. Democracy Strangled: Second Wall of Barriers to Citizenship Risks Preventing Hundreds of Thousands of Immigrants from Naturalizing and Becoming Voters in Presidential Election of 2020 traces recent policy changes that work to create this barrier to citizenship. Skyrocketing backlogs in citizenship applications; increasing processing delays by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS); a series of proposed regulatory changes affecting elderly, disabled, and poor immigrants and refugees; and a new emphasis on denaturalization all delay and make more difficult the ability of eligible LPRs to naturalize.

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National Partnership for New Americans. (2019). Democracy Strangled: Second Wall of Barriers to Citizenship Risks Preventing Hundreds of Thousands of Immigrants from Naturalizing and Becoming Voters in Presidential Election of 2020. Retrieved from https://drive.google.com/file/d/1m-eligltec8-KGZeziRwhnOKIKAYZZCL/view

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