Immigrant Voters in New Hampshire May be Disenfranchised by USCIS

A report published by the National Partnership for New Americans reveals ballooning backlogs at USCIS, creating Disenfranchisement Danger Zones, potentially leaving hundreds of thousands of immigrants voiceless this November. MANCHESTER, NH –  According to United States Immigration and Citizenship Services (USCIS) data published in mid-September, 928,713 individuals have applied to become American citizens since this time last year. The data from the third quarter of Fiscal Year 2016 show a 32.1 percent spike in citizenship applications (Form N-400 Naturalization) over the same quarter of FY 2015, and a 24.8 percent spike in applications, year to date. The overall increase in … Continue reading

Immigration reform needed through efforts to reach undocumented immigrants

President Barack Obama’s 2012 immigration measure for children of undocumented immigrants, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), marked its fourth anniversary in August. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) had accepted 819,512 applications as of March 2016, and 89 percent had been approved, according to an analysis by the Migration Policy Institute (MPI.) Continue reading