Is Investing in U.S. Citizenship for Aliens Cost Effective?
According to the September 16 Wall Street Journal (“Mayors of New York, Los Angeles and Chicago Launch ‘Cities for Citizenship’”) the mayors of the cities with the largest concentrations of immigrants are joining with Citigroup ($1.1 million in funding) to boost the naturalization rate of immigrants in those metro areas. The rationale for new programs to assist eligible immigrants in the naturalization process is that it will boost the income of the new citizens which will in turn boost GDP and tax collections.Behind this new program is a recent study published by Center for Popular Democracy and the National Partnership for New Americans titled “Citizenship A Wise Investment for Cities.”Encouraging legal permanent aliens to naturalize is meritorious if the intention is to gain them the four chief advantages of naturalization:
- Protection against deportation
- The right to vote in U.S. elections
- The ability to sponsor additional family members for immigrant visas and shorter waiting times for those visas
- Access to some sensitive government jobs.