Immigrants Seeking Citizenship to Vote Against Trump
Angel Garcia, left, and Rafael Arvizu-Derr, canvassers for Mi Familia Vota, carry lawn signs as they set out to talk to voters in their homes in southwest Denver on Friday, Nov. 3, 2006. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Legal immigrants are becoming citizens so they can vote against Donald Trump. The Donald’s political rhetoric about Mexicans has spawned the “Donald Trump wave,” an unprecedented get-out-the-vote effort among immigration advocates.
“Trump is a great incentive for Hispanics to become citizens and vote against that type of thinking — anti-immigrant, anti-woman, anti-American,” said Juan Hernandez, a Fort Worth political consultant and co-founder of the Hispanic Republicans of Texas. “I say that as a Republican.”
Mexican consulates are encouraging immigrants who are U.S. citizens to practice their rights and vote. According to the Star-Telegram, a February citizenship workshop at the Mexican Consulate in Dallas drew more than 300 people, prompting officials to conduct another in March. Immigration reform has long been a big issue among Hispanics, but Trump’s popularity has served as a wake-up call that immigrants need to vote.
In the past, many resident immigrants from Mexico — legal immigrants with green cards — trusted the U.S. government and felt valued, so they didn’t rush in to apply for citizenship.
But now they see co-workers and neighbors supporting Trump and are fearful of what could happen if he becomes president.