Large groups of Latino immigrants are attempting to become naturalized citizens in time to vote in the general election this November — because they want to make sure Donald Trump doesn't win if he becomes the GOP presidential nominee, The New York Times reports
With applications for citizenship taking about five months to process, the immigrants — a majority are Mexicans — are being helped by volunteers to get the paperwork filled out and submitted.
The Times says naturalization applications increased 14 percent during the six months ending in January.
The rush is on because many immigrants are upset by inflammatory statements Trump has made about Mexicans and his vow to make Mexico pay for a border wall.
One legal immigrant who hopes to be able to vote is Hortensia Villegas, who told The Times' Julia Preston, "I want to vote so Donald Trump won't win. He doesn't like us."
Last month, Donald Trump fired back at Mexican leaders who say there is no way their country will pay for the GOP front-runners' southern border wall.
"The wall just got 10 feet taller, believe me," Trump said. "It just got 10 feet taller."
Trump was responding specifically to former Mexican President Vicente Fox, who said, "I'm not going to pay for that f****** wall," Fox told Fusion host Jorge Ramos. "He should pay for it. He's got the money."
"I saw him make the statement. I saw him use the word that he used," Trump said. "I can only tell you, if I would have used even half of that word, it would have been national scandal. This guy used a filthy, disgusting word on television and he should be ashamed of himself and he should apologize, okay? "
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