It’s the swing states, stupid
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Yes, the COVID-19 outbreak hasn’t helped the situation as agency closures and social distancing requirements limit each ceremony’s size. But there are plenty of ways around those issues that – spoiler alert! – have largely been ignored.
- Shorten the ceremonies so you can do more of them each day.
- Have the ceremonies outdoors so you can increase the number of applicants.
- Go virtual.
- If all other requirements have been completed, waive the oath part.
However, because immigrants, especially Asian Americans and Latinos are a growing population in swing states, the more hoops they have to jump through, the better for Trump.
Think it’s no big deal? The number of newly naturalized voters in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Nevada exceed Trump’s 2016 margin of victory.
In 2016, Trump was able to take Florida by just 112,911 votes. Meanwhile, the number of naturalized voters who became citizens between 2014 and 2018 is nearly triple that margin (415,468).
Some key states — such as Florida and Texas — have huge backlogs that will be impossible to remedy in time for November.