The Road to Naturalization: Addressing the Barriers to U.S. Citizenship

Democracy — the bedrock of America — is best sustained with an active and informed citizenry. Today, more than 8.8 million lawful permanent residents (LPRs) throughout the United States are eligible to naturalize. Yet, fewer than 800,000 have naturalized every year for the last six years.1 The lawful permanent resident population of the United States continues to grow as millions of eligible-to-naturalize immigrants do not take the steps to become citizens.2 At a time when we see declining civic participation, our nation cannot afford to allow these potential citizens to languish. Many people who are eligible to naturalize and desire to do so face significant barriers. 

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