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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

Fodé Kourouma: “Citizenship is the passport to go anywhere.”

My name is Fodé Kourouma and I’m originally from Guinea, West Africa—from the capital city Conakry to be exact. My aunt, who was my guardian, brought me to the United States when I was about 10 years old. I grew up in West Haven, Connecticut. When I got there I didn’t know even a single […]

June 4, 2018

Maria Cepeda: “Being a citizen shows that we’re here to grow, as a community and a country.”

My name is Maria Cepeda and I came to the United States as a child, when I was 9 or 10-years-old, with my family from the Dominican Republic. Most of my family was here already.  My father brought my mother, my two brothers, one sister, and me, and moved us all into a small one-bedroom […]

May 29, 2018

A New Gateway to Citizenship

Sea-Tac, the Seattle-Tacoma airport, is an international gateway for visitors and residents to a city where 1-in-4 residents is foreign born. For green-card holders who travel abroad, returning home can be nerve-wracking no matter how long anyone has lived in the United States. Do you have the correct travel documents? Will immigration agents have a […]

May 22, 2018

Remarks of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the New-York Historical Society, April 10, 2018

My fellow Americans, it is my great privilege to welcome you to citizenship in the democracy that is the U.S.A. Today you join more than 20 million current citizens who were born in other lands; who chose, as you have, to make the United States of America their home. We are a nation made strong […]

May 9, 2018

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Urges New Citizens to Help America Achieve “A More Perfect Union”

Geri Mannion, director of Carnegie Corporation’s Strengthening U.S. Democracy program, shared her experience of the oath ceremony administered by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the New-York Historical Society on April 10, 2018. News stories too often cast a dark shadow on the issue of immigration, so it was wonderful to see the media spotlight recently […]

May 9, 2018

Viridiana A. Ramirez: When Immigrants Naturalize, Their Win Is Our Win

I became a citizen just this April. It was very, very, very exciting! I believe all people have the right to achieve their dream, whatever that may be. For many, my parents included, it was a dream to come to the United States to provide a better life for their children. My father was an […]

May 3, 2018

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