Immigrants rush to apply for citizenship in last window before election

4/19/2016 The Chicago Tribune

us mex flagElena and Esteban Salgado have been living in the U.S. for over 30 years. This year, they decided, would be the year they vote.

“We want to become citizens so we can vote against Trump,” Esteban Salgado, 57, said through a Spanish interpreter.

The River Forest couple, originally from Mexico, have had green cards for 20 years, meaning they’ve been eligible for citizenship for 15. They’ve had busy lives: They both work at a Whole Foods Market, and they’ve raised four children in the U.S.

“We never had a chance to become citizens,” Esteban Salgado said.

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