National Citizenship Drive Succeeding
Naturalizations up 32% so far this year...in time for new citizens to vote!
According to USCIS data published today, 926,189 individuals have applied to become American citizens since this time last year. In a typical year, naturalization numbers hover around 650,000. The data from the third quarter of FY 2016 show a 32.1 percent spike in naturalization applications over the same quarter of FY 2015. Year to date, FY 2016 has seen a 24.8 percent spike in applications over FY 2015.
The recent data from quarter three correspond to the most concentrated push of the National Partnership for New Americans' Stand Up to Hate campaign. In partnership with Mi Familia Vota, Latino Victory Foundation, SEIU, the United Food and Commercial Workers, Congressman Luis Gutierrez, and Unite HERE, NPNA coordinated a vigorous, nationwide effort to drive a nationwide spike in naturalizations--to one million--by June 2016. In the past year, NPNA members--like PLAN, CHIRLA, ICIRR, FLIC, CIRC, NYIC, CASA, Make the Road, OneAmerica, TIRRC, and many more--have held over 500 workshops across the country, assisting over 15,000 legal permanent residents, commonly known as green card holders, to become American citizens.
NPNA has determined that those who applied to become citizens by June would be processed in time to take their oaths and register to vote by November. NPNA focused its efforts in several key geographies. In partnership with their member organizations in those geographies, NPNA drove coordinated campaigns at the state and local level.
You can view NPNA's fact sheet at: http://partnershipfornewamericans.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/NPNA-Fact-Sheet-Naturalization-Data-Sept-2016-Final.pdf