As conservative candidates take a harder and harder line on immigration, an unintended section of America is becoming mobilized: Mexicans who live legally in the US, but are not yet naturalized citizens, according an article in Tuesday’s New York Times. In particular response to Donald Trump. Naturalization applicants always increase during an election year, but in the past six months are up almost 14%. What connection does this have to voting? Recently naturalized citizens are much more likely to vote. Some say that drives and resources to help citizens understand the process- such as practice tests online for the notoriously hard civil service exam- have political motive, as many currently applying for naturalization tend to be more left-leaning in their views. However, I am all for making the process to become a legal citizen easier to understand. What do you think?

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