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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

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

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

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

Volunteering to Help Aspiring Citizens Become New Americans

My journey as a social advocate began as a child, when my family left Cuba after the revolution. Like many exiles at that time, we wound up in South Florida, specifically, the rural town of Belle Glade. My American father was a sugar engineer in Cuba and transitioned easily into the industry in the United […]

September 14, 2017