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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

Marco Niama: Awaiting Naturalization and Dreaming of a Future in Politics

I am deeply inspired by the roots and reason for America’s existence, and have fully embraced this great country as my home, which is why I want to go through the next step of becoming an American: naturalization. I am 24 years old and from Ecuador, but Queens, New York is now my home. Having […]

January 23, 2018

A New Online Citizenship Course Prepares Applicants for Citizenship

The Sacramento County Office of Education, the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, the California State Library, and others recently partnered to meet the increasing need for citizenship preparation services. They developed an exciting free course for immigrants preparing for U.S. citizenship, now available on the USA Learns website.The USA Learns Citizenship course is a comprehensive free […]

December 1, 2017

New Americans Campaign Congratulates Partners on USCIS Grant Awards

Last week, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) awarded nearly $10 million in grants to 45 public and private nonprofit organizations across the country to help lawful permanent residents (LPRs) prepare for naturalization. The New Americans Campaign congratulates all those who were selected and is pleased to announce that out of the 45 awardees, […]

October 6, 2017