It suits the left to muddy the definition of immigration to increase anxiety among its foreign base: it is advantageous for the Democrats when more of the legals become citizen voters, because the party is not convincing many homegrown Americans to vote D.
We see that failure in the Democrats’ loss of 1,042 state and federal positions, including congressional and state legislative seats, governorships and the presidency as of December 2016.
Interestingly, many immigrants come to America for the employment opportunities it offers, but then they vote for the socialist anti-business party. Dumb.
Most immigrants come from big government countries and therefore are culturally inclined to vote for the same approach in the US as illustrated in the Pew poll shown below.
It is definitely a plus for Democrats that so many legal immigrants are unclear on the laws that pertain to them.
Citizenship Applications in the U.S. Surge as Immigration Talk Toughens, New York Times, October, 27, 2017
LOS ANGELES — For nearly a decade, Yonis Bernal felt perfectly secure carrying a green card that allowed him to live and work legally in the United States. Becoming a citizen was not a priority.
He changed his mind after Donald J. Trump clinched the presidency.
“All this tough talk about immigrants got me thinking I still could be deported,” said Mr. Bernal, 49, a truck driver who left El Salvador in 1990 and has two teenage children. “You never know.”
Last week, he was among 3,542 immigrants who raised their right hands to take the oath at a naturalization ceremony inside the Los Angeles Convention Center, joining a growing wave of new citizens across the country.
As Mr. Trump campaigned on promises of a border wall and strict crackdowns on immigration, 2016 became the busiest year in a decade for naturalization applications. But this year, the number of applications is on track to surpass that of last year’s, while a perennial backlog continues to pile up. It is the first time in 20 years that applications have not slipped after a presidential election, according to analysis by the National Partnership for New Americans, an immigrant rights coalition of 37 groups.
And with an unrelenting stream of hard-line rhetoric and enforcement in the news, as well as a swell of citizenship drives and advocacy, there are no signs the trend is abating.
In a year when the government has bolstered enforcement, backed curbing legal immigration and rescinded a program that protects undocumented youth from deportation, even a green card is not enough in the eyes of hundreds of thousands of immigrants applying for naturalization to protect themselves from removal and gain the right to vote.
“The draw of U.S. citizenship becomes more powerful when you have the political and policy environment that you have right now,” said Rosalind Gold, senior policy director at the Naleo Educational Fund, a national bipartisan Latino group.