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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

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

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

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

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

Watch Hispanic Unity’s highlight video from the Miami NAC Mega Workshop

Earlier this year, the Miami NAC hosted a mega citizenship workshop day and Hispanic Unity of Florida shared this fantastic video. Check it out to see some familiar faces from North Carolina, Atlanta, Miami and San Francisco assisting clients!

September 1, 2017

José Andrés, world-renowned chef, shares his naturalization story (Video)

This month, the New Americans Campaign joined the Carnegie Corporation as for its annual Great Immigrants, Great Americans campaign. The campaign recognizes immigrants who became naturalized citizens and are making tremendous contributions to the United States. As part of the campaign, Carnegie has released a special video from José Andrés, an internationally recognized chef from […]

July 26, 2017

Applying for Citizenship: I Should Have Done It Sooner

I’ve always thought of myself as hardworking. Every time I do something, I try to do it the best I possibly can – including being a mother to my three beautiful children. But as a single mother living in Lima, Peru, providing food, clothes and opportunities for my kids to learn and grow was a […]

July 10, 2017