Potentially hundreds of thousands of immigrants may secure United States citizenship ahead of the 2020 presidential election, adding a bloc of first-time foreign-born voters to the electorate.
After months of delayed naturalization ceremonies due to the Chinese coronavirus crisis, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) agency has restarted the ceremonies. So far this month, at least 2,000 immigrants were naturalized.
Other immigrants, who were supposed to secure citizenship this year, are suing the federal government in a demand that the ceremonies immediately commence so they can vote in the 2020 election.
Before the crisis, USCIS was naturalizing about 60,000 immigrants every month — with nearly a million new citizens set for this year, the overwhelming majority of which would be able to vote in the election.
Legal immigration levels — where 1.2 million immigrants secure Green Cards and nearly a million obtain naturalized citizenship annually — has driven