KPBS: How Naturalizing Immigrants Can Improve Economies

By Simon Thompson

A recent study by the Urban Institute found cities reap significant economic benefits when eligible residents become naturalized U.S. citizens. Nationally, there are about 8.8 million immigrants eligible to become U.S. citizens. But each year, only 10 percent of them take that step.

Raksmey Chan is one of that 10 percent. She came to the U.S. from Cambodia three years ago to live with her husband and son in Artesia, New Mexico. She recently took the oath of citizenship in Las Cruces.


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