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Making Citizenship Affordable

Becoming a U.S. citizen promises significant financial rewards. According to a report by the Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration at the University of Southern California, immigrants who become citizens earn 8 to 11 percent more annually. But applying for U.S. citizenship also comes with a hefty price tag of $725. The Federal government […]

September 10, 2018

Ida Soon-ok Hart: “Growing up in America, I didn’t know that I wasn’t a citizen.”

In August 2017, I was driving through downtown Los Angeles and I saw signs at the Convention Center—Oath of Citizenship—with arrows pointing the directions for parking.  I felt a deep sadness that I had never finished my own citizenship process. I told myself not to be afraid and to try again—maybe I would qualify now […]

August 2, 2018

Maribel Hernandez: “I am doing this for my kids.”

My name is Maribel Hernandez and I’m originally from Mexico. My mom brought me to the United States when I was eight years old. I have two kids of my own now; my son is 12-years-old and my daughter is eight-years-old. I want to become a citizen to have more job opportunities. I am doing […]

July 30, 2018

Videos Demystify the Citizenship Process

Do you know someone thinking about applying for United States citizenship? The road to citizenship is often overrun with misinformation. Naturalization is easier than many green card holders think and financial help may be available. To supply people with good information about the naturalization process, Orange County Communities Organized for Responsible Development (OCCORD) teamed up […]

July 9, 2018

Supporting the Newest Americans

This July 4th United States citizens will come together to honor the birth of our vibrant, representative democracy. Since its founding, the United States has depended on generations of immigrants who become U.S. citizens and contribute to the progress of this country. America is made stronger by each citizen who casts a vote, adopts a […]

July 2, 2018

Cesia Gonzalez: “You have to dream big!”

My name is Cesia Gonzalez and I was born in Honduras, but came to the United States from El Salvador in 2013. My husband and I wanted to give our children a better future. I have a ten-year-old son and a five-year-old daughter who was five months old when we arrived. The United States so […]

June 29, 2018

Emanuel Anzules: “I always tell my immigration story.”

My name is Emanuel Anzules and I’m from Lima, Peru. I have a fancy title—Mr. United States 2017—that I won in the national competition for men between the ages of 19 and 34. Men come from all parts of the country and convene in New Orleans, Louisiana over a weekend in August to battle it […]

June 27, 2018

First New York City Mega Citizenship Drive Held at the Bronx Zoo

On May 20, 2018 New Americans Campaign partners from New York and New Jersey held their very first mega workshop at the Bronx Zoo. Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights (NMCIR) was the lead organizer of the event that was co-hosted by 11 New Americans Campaign partners. “The Bronx is the new Ellis Island for […]

June 25, 2018

Juan Carlos Gonzalez: “I feel like a member of the American tapestry, so why not become a citizen?”

My name is Juan Carlos Gonzalez and my parents brought me to the United States. First we migrated from the Dominican Republic to Puerto Rico, where my brother and my sister were born. When I was in second grade, we returned to the Dominican Republic. Eventually I came back to the United States to attend […]

June 21, 2018

Eldy Montilla: “I am motivated to have a voice.”

My name is Eldy Montilla, I’m originally from Venezuela. My mother brought me to the United States when I was six years old and, back then, I didn’t want to come. Now I’m 33 years old and I realize the United States has given me a lot of opportunities that I probably wouldn’t have had […]

June 5, 2018