Friday, September 18, 2015

Obama Encourages 8.8M Documented Immigrants To Become Citizens

By Andrew V. Pestano, Sep 17, 2015 UPI

WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- President Barack Obama is encouraging the eligible 8.8 million lawful permanent residents living inside the United States to become citizens as part of a new campaign.

There are about 13.3 million legal permanent residents in the United States, with 8.8 million eligible for citizenship, including 3 million refugees from around the world who relocated since 1975. Nearly one out of every three people eligible for citizenship obtained their legal status in 1990 or before.

The "Stand Stronger" Citizenship Awareness Campaign, launched Thursday to commemorate the annual Constitution and Citizenship Day, aims to encourage those eligible to "take an important step in their American journey and commit to citizenship," according to a statement released by the White House.

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