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In this file photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump supporter Luisa Aranda gestures as she is interviewed before Trump spoke at the California Republican Party 2016 Convention in Burlingame Tens of thousands of immigrants are applying for U.S. citizenship in a year when immigration has taken center stage in this year's presidential campaign, especially in the race for the GOP nomination. In interviews, many say the fear of Donald Trump becoming president is motivating many longtime immigrants to apply for citizenship in order to vote. Trump, the GOP front-runner, has made immigration a central theme of his combative campaign to win the Republican nomination.

MIAMI >> Tens of thousands of immigrants are applying for U.S. citizenship in a year when immigration is at the center in this year's presidential campaign.

Many immigration advocates say fear of Donald Trump becoming president is motivating many longtime immigrants to apply for citizenship, so they can vote.

On a recent Saturday morning in South Florida, 50-year-old Edgar Ospina (oh-SPEE'-nah) stood in a long line to take the first step to become an American.

Ospina has spent almost half his life in the U.S. after emigrating from Colombia. He became eligible for citizenship in 1990. But with Trump becoming a more likely presidential nominee by the day, Ospina decided to wait no more, rushing the paperwork required to become a citizen.




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