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RNC To Coach Legal Immigrants Through Citizenship Process

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The Republican Party is starting a program to train legal immigrants on the U.S. citizenship and naturalization exam, according to a Republican National Committee (RNC) Thursday press release.

The Republican Civics Initiative will prepare “future voters” who are green card holders hoping to become citizens through basic U.S. civics and history topics included on the naturalization exam, the press release stated. RNC staff will be trained by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) certified RNC Strategic Initiatives, according to the press release.

The RNC has been appealing to Hispanic voters ahead of the midterm elections in November. Hispanic voters are leaning increasingly toward the Republican Party, according to recent polling.

Jessica Vaughan, Director of Policy Studies at the Center for Immigration Studies, told the Daily Caller News Foundation the naturalization process shouldn’t be partisan and shouldn’t clearly involve a political party.

“It’s very important that the naturalization process be nonpartisan and devoid of political influence peddling,” Vaughan told the DCNF. “It is important that both the funding of these efforts and the participation acknowledged that new citizens not be able to tell what political party the person is teaching them about America and about our government.”

The 10-hour course will take four sessions to complete, ending with a “celebration,” according to the RNC’s press release.

The RNC didn’t respond to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment on the purpose of the initiative. USCIS also didn’t respond to the DCNF’s requests for comment.

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