Another campaign is quietly taking place in the U.S. – the campaign to recruit new immigrant voters – planned and funded by the U.S. government, with the participation of almost every federal agency.
The Obama administration just shelled out $19 million in April in a massive immigrant naturalization and voter registration drive. Now, effective September 1, another $10 million is being distributed by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in one final push before the November election.
Non-profit organizations across the nation are being millions in federal grants to recruit and register immigrants for U.S. citizenship, federal assistance, English language training, workforce programs, and voting rights.
USCIS proudly announced the grant program on their website, stating that the $10 million will expand citizenship preparation services in 21 states and bring in approximately 25,000 new citizens from over 50 countries.
According to the agency’s announcement, since it began in 2009 (the year Obama took office) the USCIS Citizenship and Integration Grant Program has awarded a total of $63 million to immigrant-serving organizations and helped more than 156,000 permanent residents prepare for citizenship.
The new $10 million grant program will target the states with the largest “permanent resident populations”, including California, New York, Texas, Florida, New Jersey, Illinois, Massachusetts, Virginia, Washington, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Michigan, North Carolina, Connecticut, Ohio, Minnesota and Colorado.
Going further, the Obama administration admits it will target the top metropolitan areas with the most “new permanent residents” in the past 10 years, including New York City, Los Angeles, Miami, Washington D.C., Chicago, San Francisco, Houston, Dallas and Boston.
USCIS describes who is eligible to cash in on this grant program: “Recipients are public or private nonprofit organizations with recent experience providing citizenship instruction and naturalization application services to permanent residents. The organizations include community and faith-based groups, public libraries, adult education organizations, and literacy organizations.”
Judicial Watch offers more details on Obama’s push to spend tax-payer dollars recruiting thousands of immigrant voters:
Clearly, the ultimate goal is qualifying as many immigrants as possible to vote since they tend to cast ballots for Democrats. This is part of a broader, government-wide initiative launched by the president to “strengthen federal immigrant and refugee integration infrastructure.” The mission is to facilitate life in the U.S. for immigrants and refugees by enhancing pathways to naturalization, building welcoming communities and providing “mobile immigration services in under-served communities.”
Practically every federal agency is participating in the effort by contributing resources and creating programs to help immigrants. For example, the Department of Labor (DOL) is implementing “new workforce programs” for the “new Americans” and the Department of Education is promoting “funding opportunities” to assure that the immigrants “are provided the tools they need to succeed.” The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is collaborating with other agencies to release a career and credentialing toolkit on “immigrant-focused career-pathways programs.” The Department of Justice (DOJ) and USCIS are making sure the new Americans have worker rights and protections and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is launching a two-year pilot to assure that non English speakers have “meaningful access to housing programs” subsidized by American taxpayers.
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