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Immigrants—as American as Baseball

When Luis Valbuena the left-handed batter for the Los Angeles Angels went missing from the roster for a few days in March, sportswriters speculated he was injured again. After all, he missed more than a month last season for a hamstring pull. But it was soon reported that this Venezuelan immigrant, known for “flipping his […]

March 26, 2018

Rosalba Rodriguez: Yes You Can!

Rosalba Rodriguez, who became a citizen last fall, is now a volunteer at Bonding Against Adversity in Houston, Texas, where she helps clients navigate the classes and inspires them with her enthusiasm, confidence, and first-hand experience.  I have lived in the United States for 29 years. I married a US citizen and moved from Mexico […]

February 23, 2018

Marco Niama: Awaiting Naturalization and Dreaming of a Future in Politics

I am deeply inspired by the roots and reason for America’s existence, and have fully embraced this great country as my home, which is why I want to go through the next step of becoming an American: naturalization. I am 24 years old and from Ecuador, but Queens, New York is now my home. Having […]

January 23, 2018

Watch Hispanic Unity’s highlight video from the Miami NAC Mega Workshop

Earlier this year, the Miami NAC hosted a mega citizenship workshop day and Hispanic Unity of Florida shared this fantastic video. Check it out to see some familiar faces from North Carolina, Atlanta, Miami and San Francisco assisting clients!

September 1, 2017

José Andrés, world-renowned chef, shares his naturalization story (Video)

This month, the New Americans Campaign joined the Carnegie Corporation as for its annual Great Immigrants, Great Americans campaign. The campaign recognizes immigrants who became naturalized citizens and are making tremendous contributions to the United States. As part of the campaign, Carnegie has released a special video from José Andrés, an internationally recognized chef from […]

July 26, 2017

Applying for Citizenship: I Should Have Done It Sooner

I’ve always thought of myself as hardworking. Every time I do something, I try to do it the best I possibly can – including being a mother to my three beautiful children. But as a single mother living in Lima, Peru, providing food, clothes and opportunities for my kids to learn and grow was a […]

July 10, 2017

How an Afternoon of Volunteering Helped Me Find My Passion Project

It all started about four years ago with my friend Prasanna Vengadam the founder of South Asian American Voices For Impact Michigan (SAAVI-MI) asking me to help at a workshop she was involved in. I jumped at the chance to help immigrants in my community. At the workshop I found great fulfillment doing my part […]

July 5, 2017

My citizenship is forever: Feeling fully American after 44 years

At the end of 2016, my wife of 43 years, Amalia and I both took the final step of becoming Americans – the citizenship oath. For me, it had been 44 years in the making. Standing with Amalia and all the other new Americans that day, I felt like a different person with more liberty […]

June 23, 2017 / My citizenship is forever: Feeling fully American after 44 years

Why I Became a Citizen at 79

In March 2008, my life took a big turn when I moved to the United States from the Philippines. I was full of hope as I stepped off the plane in Los Angeles. The warm air reminded me of home, but that familiarity quickly disappeared as I found myself in America’s second biggest city. In […]

March 24, 2017

Have a Voice through Citizenship

Maria Rendon never thought about becoming a U.S. citizen. As a lawful permanent resident (LPR) from Mexico, she’s proud of her heritage. “I’m proud of my origin and my accent,” says Maria. “America became my home, but I still wasn’t ready to become a citizen. I also didn’t think it would be very easy.” Maria […]

September 30, 2016