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Immigrant Voter Goal Falls Short

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Aired 4/19/09

Last spring’s call to register one-million foreign-born voters in time for November’s election has fallen short of the goal. Organizers say they’ve only registered about 150,000 immigrant voters nationwide. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has details.

Charged by the energy of last spring’s massive immigrants’ rights marches, organizers pledged to register one-million new foreign born voters before November and another two-million before the presidential election in 2008. Germonique Jones, spokeswoman for The Center for Community Change, says those goals are attainable but not in that time frame.

Jones: The immigrant community is a diverse community. And so, our numbers will increase as a culture of participation comes about with the immigrant community.

Jones says becoming a U.S. citizen is the first step to voting. She says the number of people naturalized in May 2006 increased 42-percent compared to the previous year. She says that shows people are getting ready to participate in the electoral process. Amy Isackson, KPBS News.

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