What Percentage of Long Island Immigrants Are U.S. Citizens?

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Hundreds of immigrants applied for citizenship at CARECEN last year.
Hundreds of immigrants applied for citizenship at CARECEN last year.

I often hear racists refer to immigrants as “illegals.” In fact, a person born outside of the United States who lives on Long Island is much more likely to be a United States citizen than he or she is to be undocumented. There are approximately 100,000 undocumented immigrants on Long Island, but there are nearly 290,000 immigrants who have become United States citizens. According to research from the Fiscal Policy Institute, six out of ten Long Island immigrants are U.S. citizens. Here are the stats:

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Patrick Young blogs daily for Long Island Wins. He is the Downstate Advocacy Director of the New York Immigration Coalition and Special Professor of Immigration Law at Hofstra School of Law. He served as the Director of Legal Services and Program at Central American Refugee Center (CARECEN) for three decades before retiring in 2019. Pat is also a student of immigration history and the author of The Immigrants' Civil War.

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