Why Some Green Card Holders Never Naturalize

Why Some Green Card Holders Never Naturalize

"For many people around the world, a United States passport is a near-sacred goal, and given half a chance to get one, they would hungrily seize it.  In Washington, the partisan debate over immigration has become mired, in part, over whether to provide a path to citizenship for the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States.  But even as legions here and abroad pin their hopes on becoming American, and the country wrestles with emotionally fraught questions over who should have that right, there is a seemingly contradictory truth: that millions of people who are in the country legally, and stand on the threshold of citizenship, never take that next step.  According to some estimates, about 40 percent of all people who hold green cards, the gateway to citizenship, do not naturalize." - New York Times, Aug. 26, 2013.