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Evaluation of New Americans Campaign in Year 3 Highlights Benefit of Collaboration, Innovation

A new report that evaluates the progress of the New Americans Campaign after its third year highlights the benefits of the collaboration and innovation that the campaign encourages. Among other things, the report, produced by Informing Change, offers findings on New Americans Campaign strategies to assess how the campaign has increased sustainable local capacity for […]

June 29, 2015

English, Civics Classes Help Aspiring Americans Achieve Citizenship

In your late 60s, your life is typically already established. But that wasn’t the case for Thanh Do, who uprooted his life and moved to the United States from Vietnam in 2008 seeking freedom and opportunities. “I was very grateful to finally be in the U.S.,” says Thanh. “My life here in America has been […]

June 29, 2015

For American Samoans, Citizenship Not Guaranteed

The 14th amendment of the U.S. Constitution provides that “all persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States ….” For most of us, that proposition is pretty straightforward. If you are born in the U.S., you are a citizen. But the phrase “in […]

June 17, 2015

As Numbers Rise, Experts Discuss Citizenship among Asian-American Immigrants

Amid news of a historic shift in migration patterns from China and India, national and local leaders joined a press call this week to talk about citizenship assistance and opportunities among Asian-American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) immigrants. Naturalization rates are comparatively high in AAPI communities. “Of all immigrants in the United States, 47 percent are […]

May 29, 2015

Naturalizations by the Numbers

After more than a decade of decreasing immigration from Latin America, recent Census Bureau data from 2013 reveal that more immigrants to the U.S. are coming from China and India than from Mexico. The Census Bureau recorded a total of 19.4 million Asian Americans in the U.S. in 2013 (including those who were born here). […]

May 20, 2015

Disability Waivers 101

Lawful permanent residents applying for citizenship must learn and demonstrate knowledge of English as well as U.S. history and government. Certain elderly immigrants may be excepted from the English requirement and may take the history and government test in their native language. But what about immigrants who have a physical or developmental disability or mental […]

May 4, 2015

Helping Others Achieve Their Citizenship Dreams

Expressing his gratitude was easy for Hoang Truong when he decided to volunteer for the same organization he once came to for help. When Hoang arrived in the United States in 2009 he dreamed of one day becoming a citizen. He knew the privileges U.S. citizenship could provide, including the right to vote and travel […]

April 30, 2015

Citizenship: A Gateway to New Opportunities

On April 7, the New Americans Campaign and New America Media hosted an ethnic media roundtable in Miami to discuss the barriers that prevent immigrants from becoming citizens, what ethnic media can do to address those hurdles, and how the naturalization of new Florida citizens would change our communities. For one attendee, Sarai Portillo, citizenship […]

April 22, 2015

White House Task Force Releases Recommendations

Today, the White House Task Force on New Americans released a report, “Strengthening Communities by Welcoming All Residents: A Federal Strategic Action Plan on Immigrant and Refugee Integration.” The report stems from President Obama’s November 21, 2014, memorandum, “Creating Welcoming Communities and Fully Integrating Immigrants and Refugees.” That memorandum created the New Americans Task Force […]

April 14, 2015

Meet Selene, Houston Volunteer Citizenship Instructor

Last month, Neighborhood Centers Inc., a New Americans Campaign partner in Houston, celebrated Selene Escalera, a Citizenship Instructor who has volunteered with the organization for two years. Meet Selene in the excerpt below by Neighborhood Centers and help us honor all of our volunteers during this National Volunteer Week (April 12-18):   Becoming a U.S. citizen […]

April 13, 2015