The Trump Effect: More Hispanics Are Trying to Become Citizens

It can be argued that Donald Trump’s greatest appeal with voters is his promise to secure the borders and deport the millions of illegal immigrants who have infiltrated the U.S.  Trump has run on this issue since his announced his candidacy in June 2015.  Now that Trump is inching closer to being president, the illegal alien Latinos are in a panic.

Over the course of this year, there has been a higher spike in applications for legal citizenship by illegal aliens then years past.

Jose Lovos, a former El Salvador citizen who moved to the U.S. in Virginia two decades ago, has never even thought twice about applying for citizenship (imagine all those taxes he hasn’t paid!?). He claims he’s never gotten around to doing the paperwork in his 20 years here. While that is hard to believe, Lovos claimed in Spanish during an interview with NPR the following: “I wasn’t very interested before in becoming a citizen because we weren’t too worried about anything, but now there’s all this rhetoric about deporting 11 million undocumented people.”

Since Trump announced his run for presidency, there has been a 14.5% spike in citizenship applications. This can be attributed to two factors: (1) The Latino population wants to vote against him in the election, and (2) if Trump wins they do not want to be deported.

A data chart comparing citizenship application rates between 2016 and years past of 2015 and 2014 is provided below:

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