LOS ANGELES – Nearly 1 million people applied to become U.S. citizens the fiscal year through September 2016. Advocates say interest in naturalization jumped again after President Trump issued executive orders that legal immigrants fear could affect their standing in the country.
Here's a look at naturalization in the U.S. based on numbers from the 2015 fiscal year, the latest year for which a detailed breakdown was available:
— About 730,000 immigrants naturalized to become U.S. citizens during the 2015 fiscal year.
— About 106,000 of these immigrants came from Mexico, 42,000 from India and 40,000 from the Philippines.
— One in five of the newly naturalized citizens lived in the state of California. About 12 percent lived in New York and 11 percent in Florida.
— More than half were between 25 and 44 years old. About 9 percent were 65 and older.
— Typically, immigrants had their green cards for 7 years before they became U.S. citizens.
Source: U.S. Department of Homeland Security