Along with being Constitution Day, today is also recognized as Citizenship Day in the United States. It’s described as a day to celebrate the signing of the Constitution, as well as to reflect on the privilege and responsibility given to all those who have legally become citizens of the United States.
The White House launched a major campaign this week to persuade immigrants to become citizens, the timing of which has some questioning if its an effort to recruit more Democrat voters before the 2016 election.
With about 8.8 million legal residents in the country who are eligible to become citizens, White House officials said they were trying to make it easier to complete the final steps to citizenship. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, the federal agency in charge of naturalizations, will offer practice tests on cellphones for the civics exam that immigrants must pass, but which many find daunting, and will hold preparatory workshops in rural areas.
… The White House is working with regional immigrant groups to organize more than 70 citizenship workshops and about 200 naturalization ceremonies in the coming week alone.
… Mr. Obama’s citizenship campaign is part of a package of executive actions first announced in November. The most ambitious of them, a plan to provide protection from deportation and work permits to about five million undocumented immigrants, was challenged in a lawsuit by 26 states and has been blocked in the courts.
The article also noted that an overwhelming majority of immigrants eligible to become citizens are Latino and Asian, both voting blocs highly sympathetic to voting Democrat and for Obama.
Maybe the timing is too uncanny to be a coincidence, but who knows. Maybe not.
I would like to imagine that the White House campaign is not politically motivated. But then again, I’d also like to think that the IRS wouldn’t target conservative groups for criticizing the progressive agenda, and that the EPA would never use taxpayer dollars to lobby for itself, and that the NSA wouldn’t spy on Americans without a warrant, and…