A Daily Caller investigation reveals that Barack Obama is using federal funds and agencies to convert green-card holders into U.S. citizens so they can vote against GOP frontrunner Donald Trump. By funding several non-profit groups and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Obama’s administration is funding grants to organizations that cite “Donald Trump” as one reason why “green-card holders should obtain citizenship before the general election in November.
Through an initiative called Networks for Integrating New Americans initiative, which the White House formed in April 2014, the administration has partnered with the National Partnership for New Americans (NPNA), an immigration rights umbrella organization that has denounced Trump’s “hateful rhetoric.”
NPNA asserted on its Facebook page that green-card holders “have the potential to change America’s electorate” by gaining citizenship.
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But should certain groups receive federal funds in order to openly target specific presidential candidates?
CNN has named a recent citizenship trend, the “Trump Effect,” reporting that applications for becoming a naturalized citizen have increased by 14.5 percent in June-December 2015 compared to 2014.
And Obama isn’t the only one promoting this. Bloomberg Politics recently reported that the Mexican government is “hosting citizenship drives at consulates in several major U.S. cities. One presumptive goal of the effort is to put permanent residents on the path to citizenship in order to vote against Trump.”
Not to mention George Soros, who through his Open Society Foundation, has been funding numerous organizations to oppose Trump. The Daily Caller reports that one of Soros’s beneficiaries is the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR), a Chicago-based organization closely affiliated with National Partnership for New Americans (NPNA), which is also involved in the White House’s citizenship enrollment task force.
The NPNA operates under the direction of World Education, Inc., a Boston-based social and economic development group– funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education. ICIRR is part of NPNA’s network, which involves guiding green-card holders through the naturalization process– even circumventing paying the $680 naturalization application fee.
NPNA’s Tara Raghuveer cited “Trump’s ‘hateful’ rhetoric as a spark for the naturalization application push.” Raghuveer told The New York Times. “People who are eligible are really feeling the urgency to get out there. They are worried by the prospect that someone who is running for president has said hateful things.”
NPNA’s Facebook page claims that one “silver lining to all the hateful rhetoric spewing from the presidential campaign” is that naturalization rates have jumped and “could approach 1 million this year.”
NPNA hopes #StandUpToHate and #NaturalizeNow campaigns, and with Obama’s help, more green-card applicants will become naturalized, registered to vote, and vote Democrat.