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Hispanic Center sees spike in clients asking about citizenship in order to vote

There's been a spike in clients coming into the Hispanic Center of Greater Danbury. 

 

About 10 people a week have been looking for citizenship applications, and more have been calling asking about the process.  Interim Director Andrea Contreras says they've been experiencing the increase of immigrants with permanent legal status wanting to become citizens since at least January, mainly so they can vote in November.

 

Contreras says the Center has immigration lawyers on retention and staff members who've been through training about citizenship applications.  The citizenship process takes three to six months on average.  She says some clients started the process in early January, and are now U.S. citizens.

 

There's been a nationwide trend of Latinos registering to vote.  Some have pointed to the contentious comments from GOP Presidential candidate Donald Trump.  The Republican front runner has pledged to build a wall on the country's southern border, and have Mexico pay for the wall.

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