More legal immigrants becoming citizens
Reasons include rush to beat fee increase and measures that target groups
— reported by the Houston Chronicle
On Wednesday, 2,145 immigrants became U.S. citizens at a ceremony in Cypress, part of a recent spike in naturalizations in the Houston area and across the country. Immigration advocacy groups attributed the increase to an upcoming fee hike, and, to a lesser degree, legislation that could affect immigrant communities, such as a proposed rental ordinance in the Dallas-area suburb of Farmers Branch.
In the past six months, the number of legal immigrants who completed the naturalization process in Houston increased by 44 percent, from 8,035 to 11,573, compared with the same time period last year, according to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services statistics.