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New Citizenship Initiative discussed at Ethnic Media Roundtable in New York

On Sept. 8, the New Americans Campaign and New America Media hosted an ethnic media roundtable in New York City to discuss naturalization for the city’s nearly 915,000 citizenship-eligible lawful permanent residents (LPRs). The discussion focused on NaturalizeNY, a new citizenship initiative launched in July by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. Like the New Americans […]

September 30, 2016

Have a Voice through Citizenship

Maria Rendon never thought about becoming a U.S. citizen. As a lawful permanent resident (LPR) from Mexico, she’s proud of her heritage. “I’m proud of my origin and my accent,” says Maria. “America became my home, but I still wasn’t ready to become a citizen. I also didn’t think it would be very easy.” Maria […]

September 30, 2016

Celebrating Citizenship After 36 Years

Josefina Anguiano moved to the United States from Michoacan, Mexico in 1979. She came to California alone and undocumented. She lived there with her brother for five years, eventually moving out and living on her own. Josefina worked hard and received her green card in 1987. She later married, and has three children and two […]

September 29, 2016

An Inspiring Spirit: A New Citizen, A Century Old

Chun Oi Chung turned 99-years-old this year. But she considers something else more newsworthy: her brand new U.S. citizenship. Chun became a citizen this month, and she couldn’t be happier about it. In 1984, Chun came to the United States from China with a green card through her daughter’s petition. She enjoyed living in the […]

September 29, 2016

“Don’t Fear, Apply for Citizenship”

Adiela Vargas has had an exciting week. Last Monday she became a U.S. citizen. Adiela, her husband and their two sons came to the U.S. from Colombia in search of a better life. “We came in search of better opportunities,” says Adiela. “There was no work, no opportunity in Colombia.” Adiela received her green card […]

September 22, 2016

Celebrating Citizenship

This month, thousands of lawful permanent residents (LPRs) throughout the country are taking the next step toward becoming United States citizens. They do so by attending free or low-cost events hosted by New Americans Campaign partners across more than 18 cities nationwide. On Sept. 17, our country celebrates Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, commemorating the […]

September 19, 2016

Persistence to Naturalize Pays off

Celia and Alfredo Ramirez moved to the United States from Mexico in 1998. Celia came with a green card for which her daughter petitioned and Alfredo on a tourist visa, later becoming a lawful permanent resident as well. More than a decade ago the Ramirezes applied for citizenship as soon as they were eligible. Both […]

September 15, 2016

Meet Mariana, Campaign Partner and New U.S. Citizen

Earlier this week, the Latin American Association, a New Americans Campaign partner in Atlanta, honored Mariana Maneiro, a staff member who recently became a U.S. citizen. Meet Mariana in this excerpt below by the Latin American Association. Mariana Maneiro decided to become a U.S. citizen earlier this year. After living in the U.S. for 15 […]

September 9, 2016

Citizenship: “There is no better way to call a country home”

Oscar Acevedo came to the United States from the Dominican Republic when he was thirteen. His mother, sponsored by her mother, was granted a green card and moved to the U. S. in quest of better opportunities for her sons and herself. Those opportunities abounded. Six years later, Oscar, now nineteen, both graduated high school […]

August 25, 2016

Citizen After 60 Years: “It was all worth it”

Gabriele Wallace was always interested in politics. Having grown up during World War II, she experienced first-hand the importance of getting along during difficult times. As a child, Gabriele was forced to flee her country with her mother and three siblings when Russia invaded. They went to Prague and later sought refuge back in Germany, […]

August 23, 2016