The solution seems simple enough.
Hispanics make up 17% of the U.S. population, but they remain vastly underrepresented in
That's why each election season you see a large number of groups scrambling to get Hispanics to apply for citizenship and, eventually, register to vote.
On Monday, a high-profile group led by actress
There are a number of reasons Hispanic immigrants hesitate when thinking about applying to become citizens.
Some simply aren't sure they want to stay in the
"It makes sense, because when you look at the financial difference, you can live like a millionaire there," he says.
Others can't afford the price of admission. With the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services charging
The biggest deterrent, however, is fear of the unknown.
Sajan Kurian is an Indian immigrant who studied at
"The fear factor was, 'What if? What if something goes wrong?'" he says.
That's why Kurian joined several
Applying to become a citizen includes detailed questions about the family -- parents, children, spouse, even previous spouses. Cabrera says it scares people to give the government vital details of loved ones they know are in the country illegally.
Immigrants have different reasons for being here. Many from
But all of them forfeit their ability to reshape the country if they don't become citizens and can't vote. The 2014 elections could seriously alter the makeup of
Gomez is a
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