Obama Helping Immigrants To Become Citizens And Vote Ahead Of 2016 Elections
International business Times | Sept 21, 2015
The United States has a reserve of potential voters that has been largely untapped, at least until now. The White House is urging 8.8 million legal U.S. residents eligible for naturalization to do precisely that: become U.S. citizens and gain the right to vote, Politico reported Monday. The push ahead of the 2016 presidential elections could help boost the Democratic Party, given that many such legal residents are Hispanic and Asian, who tend to vote for Democrats.
More than 13 million people in the U.S. are legal permanent residents. More than 30 percent who are eligible to become full-fledged citizens are from Mexico. Eight of the top 10 countries of origin for legal immigrants to the U.S. are from Latin American or Asia.