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More than half of immigrants in Mass. are citizens

More than half of the immigrants in Massachusetts are now US citizens, according­ to the latest census estimates, crossing a critical threshold that brings with it the right to vote, run for political office, and apply for certain scholarships and federal jobs.

Slightly more than 500,000 of the 983,000 foreigners in Massachusetts had taken the oath to become citizens in 2011, the most recent year available.

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