President Obama has less than one year left in office, but before he leaves the White House he is going to use the immigrant population to mint as many new Democratic voters as he can.
The project is being spearheaded by the Obama administration’s Task Force on New Americans, which is meeting with officials in dozens of locales to try to naturalize more immigrants. Most new American citizens vote Democratic.
At the end of January, members of the task force met in Los Angeles with mayor Eric Garcetti, local business owners and pro-immigrant groups to discuss various ways of encouraging and helping immigrants become U.S. citizens.
The meeting, which was held in private and lasted more than four hours, was the first stop in a national tour by the task force to promote its “Building Welcoming Communities” (BWCC) and “‘Stand Stronger’ Citizenship Awareness” campaigns, launched in September 2015.
“Starting in California is a perfect kickoff from our perspective,” said Julie Chavez Rodriguez, senior deputy director in the White House Office of Public Engagement. L.A.’s citizenship program, “Step Forward LA,” which has so far helped 45,000 immigrants on their path to citizenship, is a model of success for the Obama administration and the main reason the Task Force began its tour in that city.