The number of permanent U.S. residents applying for naturalization between October 2015 and July 2016 increased by 8% from the same period in 2012, making this the highest number in four years. Pew Research Center staffer Jens Manuel Krogstad reports on this increase, which despite reports to the contrary is not because of the candidacy of Donald Trump.

Although 2012 saw increases as well, this does not mean that increases are seen every election year as was the case in 2008:

...the number of applications decreased by 62% compared with the previous year. This was because an unusually large number of naturalization applications were filed in fiscal 2007 ahead of an increase in the application fee for adults, from $330 to $595, planned for July 30, 2007. In fact, the number of applications in fiscal 2007 spiked to nearly 1.4 million, an 89% increase over the previous year...

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