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The New Workshop Model: If we’re going to send something into space, it has to be simple.

The Orange County New Americans Campaign partners have been developing a new model for large citizenship group processing workshops that they shared with colleagues from across the country in August. Noticeably absent from the naturalization workshop that concluded the New Americans Campaign’s 2019 national conference were those long, long, lines of waiting attendees. To understand […]

November 18, 2019

Eric Holzapfel: “My Citizenship Story Came Full Circle”

I came to the United States first with my mom when I was 4 years old. She came to study education for 6 or 7 months, and wanted to open a language academy in Ecuador for people to learn English. As my mom was finishing her education there was a financial crisis in Ecuador, so […]

October 31, 2019

Fikile Ryder: “I Fell in Love with the Goal of Keeping Families Together”

My name is Fikile Ryder, I was born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. I first came to the United States in August of 2003. I came with a temporary work visa because I got offered a job to work in Virginia with a child who had autism. I didn’t have permanent status, so when my visa ended […]

October 23, 2019

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