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Jimmy Jackson: A Former Immigration Officer is now Co-Founder of a Mom and Pop New Americans Campaign Partner

My wife Martha and I have a small 501(c)(3) nonprofit called the Texas Center for Community Services; we go by TCCS. My wife is the director and I am a Department of Justice fully accredited representative. It’s a two-person outfit and we help the immigrant community of North Harris County and Montgomery County in Texas. […]

April 19, 2018

DOD Policy Changes are Derailing the Armed Services Expedited Citizenship

The United States military used to promise immigrant recruits a quicker review of their citizenship applications. During a period of hostility, such as the War on Terror launched by George W. Bush after 9-11 and continuing today, members of the Armed Forces who completed basic training and served honorably qualified for expedited citizenship. Approximately 5,000 […]

April 13, 2018

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

Jesús Torres Núñez: NAC Tests Life in the Fast Lane

We organized a Fast Lane for the first time at our annual Miami New Americans Campaign mega event. It was an idea that came from Randy McGrorty, the CEO at Catholic Legal Services of the Archdiocese of Miami (CLS Miami), and Ana Quiros, the managing attorney who oversees the naturalization team. As a group we […]

March 13, 2018

Lori Alexander: New to the NAC and Ready to Try New Ideas

This was our very first NAC Conference. Philadelphia just became a New Americans Campaign site in October of 2017.  One thing that especially struck me was the large number and variety of agencies attending from all over the country. I was surprised at how many of these organizations were new to me. So it was […]

March 5, 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

Using Technology to Engage Our Community

Jannette Diep, Executive Director, Boat People SOS-Houston shares her insights from our February 2018 conference in Miami. We learned a lot about technology this year. Although we learn about technology at every New Americans Campaign (NAC) conference, I think we learned even more this time around. The technology was at a different level, meaning that we […]

February 20, 2018

Mutual Recognition for New Americans Advances Democracy

Sam Gill is Vice President for Communities and Impact at the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. He gave the opening remarks on February 9, 2018 at the 6th Annual New Americans Campaign (NAC) Conference in Miami, FL. I’m delighted and grateful for the opportunity to speak to you. I’m the Vice President for […]

February 14, 2018

New Americans Campaign Partners Join Forces to Mobilize LPRs Seeking Citizenship

Melissa Rodgers, Director of the New Americans Campaign and Director of Programs at the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, welcomed 300 attendees to the 6th Annual New Americans Campaign (NAC) National Naturalization Practitioners Conference being held at Miami Dade College, February 8-10, 2018.   It’s great to see all of you. I’ve been traveling a ton lately, […]

February 10, 2018

Lifting Barriers to Citizenship: The Significance of Stanford’s Recent Study

Even the most vigorous citizenship promotion efforts fall flat if people must choose between paying a high application fee or paying the rent and putting food on the table. For eligible lawful permanent residents who have incomes at or below 150 percent of the poverty guidelines, the application fee may be waived. But for those […]

January 30, 2018