Legal Immigrants Against Trump

Lawndale News Chicago's Bilingual Newspaper - Commentary

by Daniel Nardini

According to U.S. immigration, those immigrants legally in the United States, and eligible to become U.S. citizens, are now filling out the paperwork in record numbers to do so. The number of applicants up to January of this year has shot up 14 percent. Many of these legal immigrants are from Latin America and the Caribbean, and the number of those wanting to become Americans has increased even further. Why are so many immigrants now trying to become Americans at this point? The two most obvious answers are record numbers of immigrants who want to become U.S. citizens in order to participate in American life, and the sheer number who want to vote in the upcoming presidential election. Their primary target is to vote against Donald Trump.

Whether he is chosen by the Republican Party to be the nominee for the presidency (the chances are likely now), many immigrants are thoroughly scared of him becoming president. For millions of immigrants, Donald Trump is too racist, too xenophobic, and playing on the worst emotions and prejudice of Americans. In this case, we are talking about a wide spectrum of immigrant groups. Immigrants from Latin America and the Caribbean are not the only ones feeling the heat of a possible Trump nomination for becoming the Republican candidate for the presidency. Many immigrants from Muslim countries and Asian lands are also looking at becoming U.S. citizens so they can vote in this presidential election. The major question is if the number of immigrants who will become U.S. citizens to vote will be enough of a swing vote against Donald Trump? Only time will tell.

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