Mexican Consulates Encourage Citizenship

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More than 250 LPRs attended a citizenship workshop on Feb. 6 hosted by the local Mexican consulate and Dallas New Americans Campaign partners

More than 2.6 million Mexican-native lawful permanent residents (LPRs) are eligible to become U.S. citizens. Across the country, New Americans Campaign partners are collaborating with the Mexican Embassy and consular network to help more of these LPRs access Campaign partners’ citizenship services.

In October, Campaign partners hosted a webinar for consulate staff and naturalization services providers to hear specific examples of how these new partnerships offer help with the citizenship process. More recently, on Feb. 6, Dallas New Americans Campaign partners collaborated with the local Mexican consulate to offer free help with citizenship applications for eligible LPRs.

More than 250 LPRs received assistance at the workshop this month, which was hosted in partnership with the Mexican Consulate, New Americans Campaign partners Catholic Charities of Dallas, Proyecto Inmigrante and the International Rescue Committee, as well as North Texas Dream Team, University of North Texas College of Law, Dallas Hispanic Bar Association and the Dallas chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

Catholic Charities of Dallas provides citizenship information at the workshop on Feb. 13

Catholic Charities of Dallas provides citizenship information at the workshop on Feb. 6

“The consular network is uniquely positioned to assist Mexican-native LPRs with the citizenship process,” said Luis Arango, citizenship program manager at Catholic Charities of Dallas and the Dallas New Americans Campaign site leader. “This is an important new partnership and an innovative way for the New Americans Campaign and other naturalization services providers to reach more citizenship-eligible LPRs.”

The Mexican Embassy and consular network currently promote naturalization as a component of immigrant integration and highlight the right of Mexican nationals to maintain their Mexican citizenship while also obtaining U.S. citizenship. Consulates are trusted sources of immigration information and are prime locations for community-serving events, such as naturalization workshops. They also have community outreach staff and daily contact with hundreds of Mexican nationals. This makes partnering with the New Americans Campaign a natural fit.

Posted on February 22, 2016

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  • The Campaign has completed over 3,700 naturalization workshops and clinics.
  • Over 250,000 citizenship applications completed since July 2011.

    Saved aspiring citizens and their families over $206million in legal and application fees.
  • Adopted scalable technology. MP3 players, Google Voice, and Virtual Private Network (VPN) services are being used to enhance naturalization service delivery.
  • Expanded New American Workforce (an effort to provide naturalization assistance within corporations) which has partnered with over 100 businesses across the nation, ranging from hotels in Miami to American Apparel in Los Angeles.
  • Deployed Citizenshipworks, an online tool, across the Campaign in multiple settings and languages. A newly redesigned platform guides applicants through through their citizenship application from start to finish and connects applicants to legal help at partnering non-profits.
  • Were instrumental in inspiring the US Citizenship and Immigration Service to support the Citizenship Corners initiative.
  • Created innovative partnerships with public libraries, school districts, universities, social service agencies, and employers, all of which yield not only greater numbers of applicants but also greater awareness of the naturalization process.
  • Deployed a large-scale volunteer recruitment program through an e-learning course.

    Reached diverse communities. Local partners consistently outreach and provide culturally competent and language-appropriate services.
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People come to America from all over the world with dreams of achieving a better life for themselves and their families and calling this great nation home. Eight million people who live, work, and pay taxes in this country are eligible for citizenship, yet only about eight percent of them naturalize each year. Find out more about these individuals and the barriers they face.Read More