Trump Administration Faces Bipartisan Calls to End Citizenship Delays

The New York Times (NYT) (06/18/2020)
  • Coronavirus – US Citizenship and Immigration Services has suspended most of its activity (interviews, oaths) since March 18th.
  • Before the pandemic, 63,000 immigrants took the oath of allegiance every month to become US citizens.
  • The shutdown has created a backlog of hundreds of thousands of people seeking citizenship.
  • While lawmakers on both sides are calling for remote oath taking, Trump’s recent moves have tightened application scrutiny.
  • Many seek citizenship to participate in the 2020 elections.
  • Polls indicate that most new citizens will vote Democratic.