Potentially hundreds of thousands of immigrants may secure United States citizenship ahead of the 2020 presidential election, adding a bloc of first-time foreign-born voters to the electorate.
After months of delayed naturalization ceremonies due to the Chinese coronavirus crisis, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) agency has restarted the ceremonies.
Legal immigration levels — where 1.2 million immigrants secure Green Cards and nearly a million obtain naturalized citizenship annually — has driven up the nation’s foreign-born voting population to record levels.
This means every congressional district with a foreign-born population exceeding 14 percent has a 90 percent chance of electing Democrats and only a ten percent chance of electing a Republican.
For example, among native-born Americans, Trump won 49 percent to Clinton’s 45 percent, according to exit polling data.