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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

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

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

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

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

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

By Teaming to Help Immigrants Become Citizens, Grant Makers Can Reject Today’s Vitriol

Six years ago, five grant makers came together to form the New Americans Campaign because they believe immigrants can and do make profound contributions to our communities and our economy. We knew that helping green-card holders — legal residents — is a hallmark of the United States and continues to strengthen our nation. Since we began […]

June 28, 2017