WSJ: Push for Immigrants to Become Citizens

The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reports that mayors of the nation’s three largest cities- New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago- plan to launch a new effort this week to increase citizenship among legal permanent residents, an effort officials hope will spread across the country. The initiative, entitled “Cities for Citizenship”, will help the three cities expand naturalization programs and other ventures dedicated to helping immigrants secure financial footing through counseling, legal assistance and microloans. The initiative comes as the number of legal immigrants becoming citizens is on the rise. Last year, naturalization in the U.S. increased nearly 3% from 2012, according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

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