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John Jabez Ledres: “When I check off my candidate on the ballot, that is when I will feel the power of citizenship”

My name is John Jabez Ledres. I was born in Cebu City, in the Philippines. My mother was a dentist as well as a tutor and my father was a CEO for a nonprofit. They had really good jobs but even so they saw that there was not a lot of opportunity in the Philippines, […]

October 7, 2019

Annual USCIS grant program supports the citizenship and integration services of our local partners

The United States Citizenship and immigration Services (USCIS) announced its 11th annual citizenship and assimilation grants at the end of September. Nearly $10 million dollars supporting citizenship preparation services will be divided among 41 organizations in 24 states. Eleven of the grants, that range from $225,000 to $250,000, will be awarded to New Americans Campaign […]

October 2, 2019

Digital Communication & Civic Engagement: What Works?

Text. WeChat. Emojis. Chatbots. Facebook. NationBuilder. Do you use any of these (or all) to communicate with your immigrant community about the resources you provide on their path to citizenship? Participants in the Civic Engagement plenary of 2019 New Americans Campaign conference have been experimenting with these digital tools and were on hand to share […]

October 1, 2019

Citizenship Grants: Local Governments Investing in Residents Who Are Pursuing Their Dreams

These are stressful times for immigrants in America: from the policing, detention, and deportation of immigrant families, to visa and citizenship processing delays, to the airwaves filled with hateful rhetoric. So when immigrant residents of Montgomery County, MD learn that their local government wants to make it easier for them to become U.S. citizens, they […]

September 26, 2019

Immigration Is About Hope and Risk, Opportunities and Sacrifice, and Above All—It’s About Love and Family

The remarks of Angela Cheng at the Annual New Americans Campaign “United for Citizenship” Conference in Orange County, August 2019 Good morning! My name is Angela Cheng; I’m a program officer at The JPB Foundation. JPB is a national foundation based in New York and we have supported the NAC since 2012. In April we […]

August 28, 2019

Weaving Civic Fabric

The opening remarks of Melissa Rodgers of the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, Director of the New Americans Campaign, at the National New Americans Campaign Practitioners Conference, August 2019. Good morning. When I walked into the hotel last night, I saw familiar faces from all over the country. I’m so happy to see you all! Like […]

August 27, 2019

Making Citizenship a Top Priority

In May, New America’s Public Interest Technology Fellow, Raph Majma, and his colleagues published a report titled Understanding Catalysts for Citizenship Application. It’s an important and informative read—food for thought when looking for new ways to encourage lawful permanent residents to apply for U.S. citizenship. We spoke with Raph Majma about some of the study’s […]

August 19, 2019

Jorge Salles Díaz: “I Want to Make Immigrants Feel Like They Belong”

Jorge Salles Díaz is project coordinator for the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC) in Nashville, a New Americans Campaign affiliate. Jorge is a 2018 graduate of Vanderbilt University and this July 25, he became a United States Citizen. We caught up with Jorge just hours after he took his citizenship oath. It wasn’t […]

August 14, 2019

Cathleen Farrell: “Hey That’s Our Flag!”

Cathleen Farrell is the director of communications of the National Immigration Forum. She is a native of Canada, and moved to the United States with her two Colombian-born daughters 19 years ago. I was living and working in Bogota, Colombia, and I moved to Miami Beach, Florida in 2000, on an H-1B visa to help […]

July 1, 2019

Mei Yu Huang: “In China there are no elections…[don’t] take voting for granted.”

Mei Yu Huang first came to the United States from Taishan, China, on the coast of the South China Sea. This conversation was translated by Allen Wong. I came to the United States 22 years ago from Taishan, in Guangdong province. I came looking for a better life. I have three children. My second daughter […]

June 19, 2019