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Citizenship Backlogs at USCIS Will Block Hundreds of Thousands from Voting in the 2020 Election

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Citizenship Backlogs at USCIS Will Block Hundreds of Thousands from Voting in the 2020 Election

Hundreds of thousands of immigrants might be prevented from voting in the 2020 election—even though they are just one step away from becoming new Americans.

Years of fiscal mismanagement at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)—coupled with a series of policy changes under the Trump administration—have led to an enormous backlog of citizenship applications at the immigration benefits agency.

Now, an estimated 300,000 people will not be able to take the citizenship oath—the final step in the naturalization process—by the October 13 voter registration deadline.

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