Saturday, October 21, 2017

What If Everyone Who Could Became A Citizen?

Thanks to the work of the Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration, we have this map:

Via this map, we can see, in counties or regions, how many immigrants are eligible to become naturalized citizens - and their native country - and how their naturalization would increase the number of eligible voters in their district.

Providing citizenship classes is part of the mission of Adult Education in California.

Given what's happened to Adult Ed since the Big Crash of 2009 and how underfunded it remains, how available are citizenship classes in any given area?  How about in the areas of greatest need?  Or the areas where their citizenship would have the greatest impact in terms of civic engagement and voting?

Inadequate funding for Adult Ed = Inadequate access for citizenship classes.

If eligible immigrants could find a class and became citizens, how would that affect voting patterns - wins and losses - where they lived?

This map divides up the state primarily by county - partial, single or multiple.  The new California Adult Education Regional Consortium system in Adult Ed was set up by county.

So this map is a great way to see the potential impact of Adult Ed funding - adequate or inadequate - on voting.  And voting, not voting, and voter suppression - hopefully, we all know the impact of that!

For those who are just beginning to understand what's happening in Adult Ed, Adult Ed in California is funded primarily by the state.  Only a small portion of funding is federal.

How much does an awareness of that impact affect decisions of state legislators to fund or not fund or inadequately fund Adult Ed?

Who votes to adequately fund Adult Ed?  Who doesn't vote to adequately fund for Adult Ed?

Where do they live and who lives in their district? 

For example, if all eligible immigrants in Northeast Monterey County - the Salinas area - became naturalized citizens, that would be an 21.5 percent increase in number of voters in the area.  Big impact!

Who benefits from adequate funding of Adult Ed?  Who benefits from inadequate funding for Adult Ed?

Important questions.  Important map.

Check it out.

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