New Americans Campaign Explores Partnerships with Mexican Consulates

Mexican Consulate representatives at a health fair at Cleveland Ripley Neighborhood Center on Oct. 6

Mexican Consulate representatives at a health fair at Cleveland Ripley Neighborhood Center on Oct. 6

More than 2.6 million Mexican-native lawful permanent residents (LPRs) are eligible to become U.S. citizens. Thanks to New Americans Campaign national partner NALEO Educational Fund and its relationship with the Mexican Embassy, the New Americans Campaign took a first step in October to help more of these LPRs access citizenship services offered by Campaign partners.

A webinar for consulate staff and naturalization service providers on Oct. 14 featured a speaker from the Mexican Embassy, staff from the Mexican consular network and New Americans Campaign partners. More than 120 attendees heard specific information about the services that consulates and Campaign partners provide and examples of how Mexican consulates and Campaign partners are working together to offer naturalization help.

Speakers included Julián Escutia-Rodriguez, head of the Consular Coordination and Hispanic Affairs Section at the Embassy of Mexico; Melissa Rodgers, Director of Programs at the Immigrant Legal Resource Center and Project Director for the New Americans Campaign; Elisa Sequeira, National Director of Civic Engagement Programs at NALEO Educational Fund; Alexia Núñez, Consul for Community Affairs at the New York City Consulate of Mexico; Andrés Lemons, Staff Attorney at CUNY Citizenship Now! in New York City; and Alex Triantaphyllis, Director of Immigration and Economic Opportunity at Neighborhood Centers in Houston.

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.

The Mexican Embassy encouraged consulates attending the webinar to display and disseminate printed materials about naturalization, provide information about citizenship during other outreach events such as health fairs, and use the app MiConsulMex and the Centro de Información y Asistencia a Mexicanos (CIAM) hotline to share information about upcoming citizenship workshops and information sessions.

New Americans Campaign partners described how Mexican consular staff have volunteered at their workshops and phone banks and have provided documents and information to LPRs who are citizens of Mexico.

Sequeira noted that consulates “can help support the outreach and promotion of U.S. citizenship and the events of the New Americans Campaign,” and be a resource to Mexican nationals “so that they’re receiving trusted assistance with immigration processes.”

We look forward to further developing partnerships between New Americans Campaign organizations and many of the 50 Mexican consulates nationwide.

 

Posted on November 2, 2015

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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