Michigan groups see spike in citizenship applications
Added 05-25-19 11:22:01am EST - “Advocates who are helping a growing number of immigrants in southeastern Michigan apply for U.S. citizenship say many are driven by fear of President Donald Trump's immigration policies.” - Washingtontimes.com
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HAMTRAMCK, Mich. (AP) - Advocates who are helping a growing number of immigrants in southeastern Michigan apply for U.S. citizenship say many are driven by fear of President Donald Trump’s immigration policies.
The Detroit New Americans Campaign has been offering informational sessions and workshops about citizenship applications, the Detroit Free Press reported . The project has been collaborating with local community groups to encourage immigrants eligible for citizenship to apply.
The number of immigrants in Michigan applying to become U.S. citizens increased by 25%, from 13,186 in 2014 to 16,539 in 2018, according to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services data.
The number nationwide has decreased after reaching a peak of 1,023,235 in 2016, but Michigan’s number kept climbing past the presidential election year.
“There is an uncertainty, a fear of the political environment,” said Yumana Dubaisi, supervising attorney at the International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit.
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