In an executive order on Tuesday, Biden ordered multiple federal agencies to work to boost the rates of legal immigrants becoming naturalized citizens
President Joe Biden is looking to surge the number of legal immigrants who become naturalized American citizens, and thus are eligible to vote, ahead of the 2022 midterms and 2024 presidential election.
In an executive order on Tuesday, Biden ordered multiple federal agencies to work to boost the rates of legal immigrants becoming naturalized citizens.
The order seeks to “eliminate barriers in and otherwise improve the existing naturalization process … [and] substantially reduce current naturalization processing times … [and] make the naturalization process more accessible to all eligible individuals, including through a potential reduction of the naturalization fee and restoration of the fee waiver process.”
The order creates the “Interagency Working Group on Promoting Naturalization” that includes the Department of Homeland Security, the Labor Department, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of House and Urban Development, the Department of Education, the Social Security Administration, and other federal agencies to “develop a national strategy to promote naturalization.”
Within 90 days of the order, the group must submit a report to Biden that outlines a strategy to “promote naturalization” that could include a “public awareness campaign,” the order states.