By Eliza Collins
January 28, 2016
Rep. Luis Gutierrez announced on Thursday an ambitious goal to get 1 million citizens naturalized by May so they can vote against Donald Trump.
Gutierrez’s first stop on what he calls the “Stand up to hate tour” will be his home state of Illinois, where he will work with Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.). The trip will also include stops in key battleground states like Colorado and Nevada.
The Illinois Democrat has teamed up with Latino Victory Foundation, National Partnership for New Americans, Mi Familia Vota, iAmerica Action and SEIU on a month of action to get new citizens. The partnership will include more than 100 workshops across the country, and Gutierrez will attend some of them.
“Our goal is to have 1 million to become new US citizens this year and we’ve gotta get it done by the end of May, this is realistic,” Gutierrez said in a press call Thursday, noting that in a normal year 650,000 people naturalize and this year is different.
The November presidential election is what sets 2016 apart, he said.
“One of the main reasons we’re recommending people naturalize now is to stand up to the hate rhetoric of this political season,” Gutierrez said, adding that Trump’s rhetoric about undocumented immigrants wasn’t “making America great; it’s tearing us down.”
“Get angry but then naturalize, register and vote,” he said.
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