Eduarda Alvarez this year plans a vacation with her husband finally agreed to celebrate an American citizen to become. The staffer retired nursing home emigrated from Nicaragua in 1986 in the United States. He tried to become a citizen once before, but not give the interview in English. She decided through the process again to go, and in February was interviewed in Spanish and passed. Then 19 COVID-beaten, and their oath of naturalization was never expected, says Alvarez. Now both are celebrating their plans and to vote in the November elections are in the air. He hopes to cast a vote for Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, mainly because they do not like Trump as the administration has treated immigrants. He has in his home in Maryland for an ad every day the query mailbox that his oath is on the books. “This is the only way we can help those who have no voice,” says Alvarez, 71, in Spanish. would “A voice makes a difference, does not it?” In February, the Pew Research Center has estimated more than 23 million US immigrants the right to vote, that about 10% of the national electorate. Now that the pandemic has Alvarez landed on a long list of people who care about the nationality, you will not get through time to the vote in the high-stakes elections. Critics of administration Trump, who has aggressively pursued an agenda against immigrants, does not think fast enough to move in a conscious effort to disenfranchise voters this residue immigrants. “This is an attempt to prevent them from voting in the fall elections,” said US Senator Martin Heinrich of New Mexico. “I think that given all that this government has done, everything the president said, and the fact that we have people like Stephen Miller responsible for immigration at the White House, I think we have to look that way.” On March 18 , the United States citizenship and immigration services (USCIS) face-to-face services in reaction to the crown pandemic postpone many citizenship ceremonies in the process. The Agency has a backlog of 110,000 people took public services in their offices on June 4, but in the meantime, waiting to take their oath of citizenship. Now that USCIS has returned to service in person, it is said that the list and prioritize the goals to knock out by the end of July. Between June 4 and July 12, the agency said it had completed nearly 87,000 Eide, leaving more than 23,000 still waiting for Alvarez. immigrant advocates say the number of people whose citizenship process was derailed this year is much larger than people waiting for naturalization oath. There are many others who, for example, to wait for in-person interview is required before you can take the oath. If it receives its order backlog, arrived on August 3, the Agency – the cost of works based in large part – probably face leave for finance issues, and be broken again in all its operations, including ceremonies for citizenship although to what extent is unclear, “in the case of a leave, we will continue ceremonies for citizenship behavior, but we expect that it will be on a limited basis,” said Joe Sowers, a spokeswoman for USCIS, in an e- mail to TIME. USCIS There were bipartisan calls in Congress to ask away swearing ceremonies is to help both the fastest and safest process move to make the threat to public health, since it comes with in-person meetings. A bipartisan letter by House members also suggested that the oath to give up. But USCIS has resisted, arguing that federal law says it must be done in person must appear in public, and that the virtual ceremonies would create logistical obstacles. Critics see this as evidence that the Trump administration has sought to discourage immigrant voters. “I think they can do it legally, and I think we should start looking for ways to do it,” Ur Jaddou, the USCIS Council during says Obama administration and is now director of DHS clock, watchdog and immigration advocacy organization era. She claims that the longest wait USCIS to implement virtual ceremonies, the less people will they be in time to help adjust the position as how long it takes to design a new system and stand. immigrant advocates recognize that the diversity of crown conditions across the country makes it difficult to achieve any kind of blanket policy, a short distance naturalization ceremonies. As states draw voter registration deadlines near some of the fields directors of the offices and courts have the flexibility they have and turned to creative possibilities on an ad hoc basis, such as drive-through and parking uses swearing ceremonies. At the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, legally their permanent residence filed a class action to alleviate their situation at the time in Pennsylvania choose the government deadline of 19 October to register to ask 2,020 Trina Realmuto, management the National Immigration Litigation Allianz, one of the groups involved in the lawsuit states that the office of Philadelphia USCIS naturalized in the response, “Get a few hundred people in June and expects the backlog in July.” (Realmuto said NILA on these figures for a waiting renovation. It is always boring) The trial of a US citizen. It may involve titles, taxes, biometrics, an interview, and the oath. It is also about patience: USCIS data from autumn 2019 to spring of this year was to apply for naturalization, the average processing time was a bit ‘more than eight months. Some years landing immigrant waiting. When the long-awaited swearing happens, it is a happy occasion where friends and family gather to support the new citizens, often in contexts such as baseball games and auditorium. They have the abode moments with people for life. In election years, the number of applications for citizenship is historically. Studies suggest that naturalized citizens vote at higher rates than their counterparts born in the United States. USCIS naturalized in fiscal year 2019 834,000 new citizens, which the agency said was a high of 11 years. After the USCIS data, at the end of the second quarter of this year, which ran from January to the end of March, more than 678,000 citizens pending applications. This year, from the beginning of the fiscal year in October through the end of March 2nd quarter than 480,000 citizenship applications were received and more than 408,000 have been approved. “Voting is not only one of the most important rights of winning that new citizens, but it is also one of the biggest reasons to be for many of them US citizens,” said Pablo White, managing director of immigration integration with the Maryland House. And this particular choice, he says, is different: “For them it is very important to strengthen and respect the vote for another administration, another president, immigrants who see that immigrants are able to make this great country.” that does not mean that a greater number of immigrants voters necessarily swing the election in a particular direction. Immigrants are a voting bloc that is of course, very different, with different beliefs and political preferences. “We can not say that it is the result of specific elections would determine one way or another ever,” Melissa Rodgers, director of programs at legal immigrants Resource Center. “What we can say with certainty that it would enrich our democratic process to have immense agree new citizens in this year’s elections.” Correction, July 20 The original version of this story false information the name of the US government agency, naturalization applications processed. And ‘the US immigration, not the US Customs and Immigration. Picture copyright by Allen J. scraping-Los Angeles Times / Getty Images
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