More American citizens in S.A. because of 2016 election

More immigrants applying for citizenship

Attorneys at a San Antonio law firm say that they're seeing a surge in immigrants applying to become American citizens because of the November election.

Most are Latino immigrants who say they fear for their lives if Donald Trump is elected president.

"This is truly the greatest country on earth," said Jose Rivas, who became an American citizen in August. "I became a resident alien through amnesty and then, as of late, my desire to become a U.S. citizen was great primarily because of the threat."

The Mexico native has lived in the U.S. for 30 years and never thought he needed to file for his citizenship; this is, until Donald Trump became the Republican candidate for president.

"The threat of being deported. It was very frightening to even consider not living in the U.S. I've been here for so many years that, truthfully, I don’t know how to live outside of the U.S.,” Rivas said.

"It's been a significant increase, possibly even 1,000 more than we did last year," said Lance Curtright, an immigration attorney who represents Rivas.

An Immigration Services spokeswoman said that so far, since June, there's been a nearly 10 percent increase in people becoming citizens compared to last year.

Curtright said that since January he's seen hundreds of people from all around the world come through his doors.

"The majority of them don't identify with a party, but I'd say the majority say, ‘I’m going to vote against the person that wants to build a wall,’" Curtright noted.

"When you vote you can make a change and you can participate in your country," said Sina Yazki, who was born in Iran.

Yazdi was also concerned about Trump's immigration policy. He credits his American-born wife Kelsey for learning English. He'll become a citizen in two weeks.

The deadline to apply for citizenship and be able to vote in the coming election was in April.

There are more than 30,000 new American citizens in Texas so far this year.

 

(© 2016 KENS)


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