National Backlog Will Keep Thousands of Immigrants From Voting

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A naturalization ceremony in Washington. Kai Ryssdal
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A naturalization ceremony in Washington. Kai Ryssdal

National Backlog Will Keep Thousands of Immigrants From Voting

Millions of Americans will head to the polls tomorrow and exercise their constitutional right to vote with the exception of a group that has been a center point of this election. A report published by the National Partnership for New Americans shows that almost half a million legal immigrants are stuck on a backlog of pending citizenship applications with the crisis effectively silencing their voice.

Morning Shift talks with Tara Raghuveer, deputy director of the National Partnership for New Americans, about the magnitude of the backlog and how Illinois is in danger of becoming a disenfranchisement zone.