Naturalization Applications Spike Ahead of Election

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More than a million legal immigrants applied to naturalize last year, a sharp spike driven by fee increases and — for many — a desire to vote in this year's presidential race.

But the immigration agency says it's overwhelmed and can't process the applications until after the vote. That has led to charges that a Republican administration is blocking new voters who are likely to lean Democratic.

Now the head of Citizenship and Immigration Services tells a congressional panel how he plans to speed up processing.



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