February 3, 2016: Elections spur citizenship clinics


It’s no secret as to which candidates support naturalization and of those whom are against it. With the presidential election looming, more than ever immigrants are ready for their voices to be heard. Contentment living as a legal immigrant is no longer viable; the ultimate reward is obtaining citizenship. No longer will Latino immigrants stand by and disregard public slander. Whether it applies to one or many; it's not all. There are immigrants who genuinely came to the United States for a new life. Without a civil voice, it’s quickly becoming apparent the necessity of citizenship.
 
“This is a big deal,” said Jocelyn Sida of Mi Familia Vota, a partner in the Nevada event. “We as Latinos are always being told that we’re taking jobs or we’re anchor babies, and all these things are very hurtful. It’s getting to the point where folks are frustrated with that type of rhetoric. They realize the only way they can stop this is by getting involved civically.”
 
Starting in states that are highly populated with Latino immigrants, workshops are there offering an opportunity to become a citizen, ability to vote within a year, and for some, a way to pay for the process - which is often the obstacle. 
 
“Citizenship clinics will take place in Nevada, Colorado, Texas and California later this month, with other states expected to host classes in February and early March in order to make the citizenship deadline required to vote in November […] This Saturday, 300 legal permanent residents are set to attend one of the workshops in Las Vegas, where they will be provided with naturalization paperwork, lawyers will offer on-site counsel and, in some cases, financial aid will be made available to help cover the $680 application fee.”
 
Although a reactive way to motivate legal immigrants, what many call the “naturalization blitz”, it’s a superior step immigrants are willing to take to control their future. By means of citizenship, they’re opening the door to better healthcare possibilities, education, and most important of all the right to vote – the capability to make a real change in their lifestyle here in America.