During the first week at office, President Trump issued an executive order that banned entry of citizens from several Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) countries from entering the United States. The ban on entry to the United States was for a period of 90 days. This kind of immigration ban affects even green card holders. This has led to some permanent green card holders seeking citizenship.
While being elected to office, President Trump had promised to increase national security measures by the process of extreme vetting. This ban included even the green card holders belonging to the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) countries in the beginning. The countries which are banned were originally identified by President Obama. He had also placed a six-month ban on refugees from Iraq entering the US, in 2011, but under different circumstances.
President Trump being very intense and outspoken in nature, could trigger activists who advocate for better and improved immigration policies. His focus on immigration may bring activists together to bring about efforts in changing the attitude about non-participation in the democratic process. This could also change the way the legal permanent residents who want to bring about better and improved immigration policies to resort to naturalized citizenship focus.
In order to apply for the citizenship process, Form N-400, Application for Naturalization has to be filed with US Citizenship and Immigration Services(USCIS). The Check Eligibility condition for filing Form N-400 are Green card holders with permanent resident status for five years, and if married to a US citizen, three years. Green card holders can apply for naturalized citizenship after a time frame of seven years. The two-year difference is due to the fact that USCIS promotes and creates awareness about the duties that come along with responsible citizenship. USCIS also conducts campaigns to educate the public about the benefits of citizenship.
These campaigns conducted by the USCIS arms the public with information about the rightful procedure to obtain citizenship, making the process easy to understand, and avoid unauthorized practice of the immigration law.