SIGN YOUR NAME: Sen. John Cornyn, Investigate this Citizenship Application Backlog

 

Sign our open letter to Sen. John Cornyn to say you support investigating the citizenship application backlog, and ensure that all eligible Texans can cast a ballot in 2020! 

Dear Senator Cornyn: 

We, the undersigned organizations, call on you to investigate United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for the backlog of 80,000 Texas applications for citizenship.

The Houston Chronicle recently reported over 80,000 Texans are stuck in Naturalization Limbo. Federal immigration officials are taking significantly longer than before to weigh applications, and some cases are now taking a year and a half or more to make it through a process that used to take about six months on average. The right to citizenship must be carried out in order for our state and country to truly be democratic.

There are tens of thousands of Texans who are a part of our economy and our communities that are awaiting the ability to participate in our democracy through voting. The right to vote is a privilege and responsibility of every American, and we must ensure government officials value integrity and fairness in our election system.

As you know, our state has a history of voter suppression. These processing delays are just the latest hurdle potentially keeping immigrants from voting booths in Texas, and must end now to ensure that no one’s right to vote is infringed upon in our state. The delays have already kept some new citizens from voting in recent elections. This is unacceptable, and must be investigated. 

The administration has also proposed raising fees to apply for citizenship from $725 to $1,170 for most applicants, while eliminating existing waivers offered to immigrants who can’t afford to pay. This would price out many Texans from U.S. citizenship and reserve U.S. citizenship for the wealthy only.

Our diversity is our strength, and the pathway to citizenship must be accessible for eligible immigrants from all walks of life. We must ensure that this process is affordable to Texans in order to live up to our democratic values. 

Senator Cornyn, as U.S. Senator for Texas, you have the authority to provide Texans with an answer and relief to their long held worries of the naturalization process. 

Under no circumstances should Texans be subjected to wait for their naturalization process for as long as they have. An 18-month wait is unacceptable. 

The tens of thousands of Texans awaiting the naturalization process are counting on you, as well as the staff, members, volunteers, and other Texans affiliated with the undersigned organizations. 

We call on you to investigate the backlog of 80,000 Texas applications for citizenship, Texans have waited long enough in the naturalization process. 

Sincerely, 

Progress Texas

Texas AFL-CIO

America's Voice

Annie's List

Common Cause Texas

Deeds Action Fund

Indivisible Austin

Planned Parenthood Texas Votes

SEIU Texas

Texas Freedom Network

Texas Rising

Background

Texas has a history of voter suppression, and this ploy by the Trump Administration is the latest attempt from conservatives to keep eligible voters from casting their ballots in 2020. It follows other voter suppression efforts in Texas just this year, including then-Secretary of State nominee David Whitley’s voter purge and Republican attempts to force a bad voter suppression bill, Senate Bill 9, through the 2019 state legislature. 

This needless wait for naturalization for these 80,000 Texans must end now to ensure that no one’s right to vote is infringed upon in our state. Our democracy depends on it, and Cornyn must act.

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    Background

    Texas has a history of voter suppression, and this ploy by the Trump Administration is the latest attempt from conservatives to keep eligible voters from casting their ballots in 2020. It follows other voter suppression efforts in Texas just this year, including then-Secretary of State nominee David Whitley’s voter purge and Republican attempts to force a bad voter suppression bill, Senate Bill 9, through the 2019 state legislature. 

    This needless wait for naturalization for these 80,000 Texans must end now to ensure that no one’s right to vote is infringed upon in our state. Our democracy depends on it, and Cornyn must act.

    By providing your phone number, you are agreeing to sign up for Progress Now Texas mobile alerts. Message and data rates may apply. Frequency varies. Text HELP for help. Text STOP to cancel.