1M New Citizens Break Century Record

Fee increase helps immigration service clear huge backlog
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 7, 2008 3:49 AM CST
An Immigration and Naturalization service is held at Comerica Park to swear in 100 individuals, including Detroit Tigers' Placido Polanco, as citizens, last summer in Detroit.   (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)
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(Newser) – Over a million new American citizens took the oath of allegiance last year—the highest number since the government began keeping records a century ago, reports CNN. The number of people going through the naturalization process has been steadily climbing for decades. The clearing of a major 2007 backlog—along with a push by Hispanic media for citizenship for eligible residents—helped boost the numbers.