American Citizens have the right to vote. Millions of people who could become citizens have not done so. And millions who do become citizens do not vote.
President Obama wants to change this. The results of his efforts can affect the outcome of the coming campaign for president.
It is all about legal immigrants. About 8.8 million of them are eligible to become citizens. White House staff are trying to make it easier for them to do so.
Getting people ready to take the step to citizenship is the first job. There will be programs and workshops around the nation. New efforts are underway for volunteers to help people fill out the paper work and prepare for citizenship tests.
About 60 percent of the people who can become citizens are Latino. Nearly a third of the Latinos are Mexican. About 20 percent the rest are Asian.
It is always a goal of America to have more citizens. It makes us stronger. People who become citizens make a commitment to their new nation. It is different than being born a citizen. They usually take citizenship for granted.
Some Republicans believe there is a political agenda behind the new drive to create citizens. They think it is meant to create new Democratic voters.
The Republican Party is focused on the undocumented. For example, Donald Trump wants to round up and send home people who are here without papers.
In democracies, the way to change leadership is by voting. Every presidential election is important. It could be said that immigration reform is on the ballot in 2016.
Source: The New York Times September 17, 2015