There are many changes going on right now during the time of Trump and his administration. One of those things is the rise and actions being taken by many immigrants who have not yet tried to go through the naturalization process and now feeling threatened that they should take immediate action to correct their status to become a permanent citizen. In this article from NBC News, it is said that the numbers of pending naturlization cases are close to 730,000. It is also said to believe that it may be another wall that Trump is placing where 'supposedly' people who are not yet permanent residents will not be able to vote because the process of naturalization is said to be close to 20 months of processing. Other parties state that it will not being taking more than 20 months, but less depending on the different cases. See below the statements made by a United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) spokesman included in the NBC News article:
"The truth is that the total number of people the U.S. naturalizes each year has remained virtually unchanged. What we’re looking at is a dishonest and desperate attempt by open borders advocates to undermine the work of Homeland Security officials, law enforcement and the administration to protect the integrity of our immigration system and uphold the rule of law," said spokesman Michael Bars in a statement. "The current pending workload does not equate to a backlog — it’s a statistic used in the USCIS report to include every application for naturalization filed including those filed in recent days and weeks — and is being inaccurately portrayed as evidence of delays"
"Many of these cases, which can remain pending from one quarter to the next, are well within the processing time goal established by the agency with variances being a direct result of geography and capacity. USCIS will continue to process all applications and petitions in a judicious and comprehensive manner and will do so as efficiently and expeditiously as possible in accordance with the law," he added. "We reject the inaccurate claims of those fundamentally opposed to this effort."
The things that may affect a business owner or restaurant owner is whether your employees will need to make sure their citizenship is in fact going through or your business may face major loss in productivity.
For those who have yet started their naturalization process, what are you waiting for? What difficulties are you facing that you are not capable of starting the naturalization process? Were you trying to avoid being a U.S. citizen?
From being also a permanent U.S. resident here in United States, I do feel a sense of responsbility that we who immigrate from other countries need to do which is follow the laws of the land that we are planning to permanently live in. However, I also understand that the process for naturalization is not easy either.