454 people sworn in as U.S. citizens at Utah concert hall named for naturalized citizen Maurice Abravanel

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  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    Dec. 11, 2013 1:05 p.m.

    Percentages, folks; that's what's important here.
    US Census Working Paper #29 tells the story.
    In 1950 79% of the foreign-born were naturalized.
    In 2006 the percentage was 42%.
    If you looked at the Mexican portion (our largest pool of immigrants) the percentage is in the low 20%.
    Recent efforts to reduce fees and slacken the requirements have given the gains mentioned above, but the returns are still pathetic as a percent of the total foreign-born population.
    I stand by my earlier statement that naturalization is lacking.

  • spring street SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Dec. 10, 2013 5:06 p.m.

    @say no to BO

    According to Department of Homeland Security data, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) naturalized 694,193 LPRs in 2011. The total number of immigrants naturalized increased by 12 percent between 2010 (619,913) and 2011.
    From a historical perspective, the number of naturalizations has increased dramatically in recent decades. On average, 141,000 LPRs naturalized each year between 1970 and 1979; 205,000 on average per year in the 1980s; 498,000 per year on average in the 1990s; and 682,000 per year on average during the 2000s.

    Another little fun set of facts for our anti-immigrant crowd. A 2007 study finds that the incarceration rate for immigrant men ages 18 to 39 in 2000 was 0.7 percent, while the incarceration rate for native-born men of the same age group was 3.5 percent. While the foreign-born share of the U.S. population grew from 8 percent to 13 percent between 1990 and 2010, FBI data indicate that violent crime rates fell about 45 percent, while property crime rates fell 42 percent across the United States.

    Dec. 10, 2013 4:53 p.m.

    @say no
    "fewer people living here wish to pledge allegiance to the United States of America." and this is based on what exactly, you random thoughts and observations?

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    Dec. 10, 2013 8:11 a.m.

    Sudan, Romania, Viet Nam, Serbia...
    I would guess that the actual data about country of origin would be far less cosmopolitan.
    And some information that, despite the huge influx of foreign-born in the last 30 years, our naturalization rate is dismally low.
    Those 454 new citizens ought to number 4,500.
    Despite free classes, fee reductions and easier requirements...fewer people living here wish to pledge allegiance to the United States of America.