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U.S. Naturalized Less Than Half of 2007 Applicants

Sing Tao Daily, Posted: Jul 14, 2008

HONG KONGA report published by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security shows that 660,000 immigrants got naturalized in the 2007 fiscal year, the Sing Tao Daily reports. Over 120,000 of them were from Mexicoapproximately 19 percent of the new U.S. citizens. The next largest groups were 47,000 Indians (7 percent), 39,000 Filipinos (5.9 percent), 33,000 Chinese (5 percent) and 28,000 Vietnamese (4.2 percent). The number of immigrants naturalized in 2007 was 6 percent lower than the previous year, a sudden turnaround from the trend of increasing naturalizations since 2003. Applications, on the other hand, are on the rise. The number of applicants last year swelled to 1.38 million from 730,000 in 2006. As a result, the immigration backlog has grown to 1.13 million from 470,000 in 2006.

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