Esta iniciativa promueve la adquisición de la ciudadanía por parte de todas las personas elegibles

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Desde el inicio de esta Administración, el Presidente Obama siempre ha dejado claro que nuestra nación se fortalece cuando les damos la bienvenida a inmigrantes y refugiados para que formen parte de nuestras comunidades y aprovechamos su espíritu emprendedor. Estados Unidos es y siempre ha sido en esencia una nación de inmigrantes. Los inmigrantes y refugiados aportan mucho al tejido social y cultural de nuestro país, y son también esenciales para la continuidad de la prosperidad económica del país.  Hoy, en el Día de la Constitución y la Ciudadanía, el Presidente Obama lanzó la Campaña “Más Firme, Más Fuerte” de Concientización ciudadana: un proyecto conjunto con la organización sin ánimo de lucro Civic Nation dirigido a alentar a los inmigrantes elegibles a dar un paso importante en su camino estadounidense y comprometerse a convertirse en ciudadanos.  Para lanzar esta iniciativa, el Presidente publicó un videomensaje con el objeto de animar a los residentes legales permanentes (LPR, por sus siglas en inglés) que cumplen con los requisitos a comprometerse hoy mismo a convertirse en ciudadanos.

 

Conforme a las estimaciones más recientes, hay una cantidad aproximada de 13.3 millones de residentes LPR viviendo en Estados Unidos, de los cuales 8.8 millones cumplen con los requisitos para solicitar la ciudadanía. Esto incluye a los más de 3 millones de refugiados que se radicaron aquí desde 1975 provenientes de países de todo el mundo. Casi uno de cada tres individuos elegibles obtuvo su condición de LPR en 1990 o con anterioridad a dicha fecha, lo cual significa que muchos de ellos han formado parte de nuestras comunidades durante décadas. Pero todavía no disfrutan de los mismos derechos, beneficios y responsabilidades que les corresponden a los ciudadanos estadounidenses de pleno derecho.

 

Como parte de las medidas ejecutivas que decretó en noviembre de 2014, el Presidente Barack Obama formó el Grupo de Trabajo de la Casa Blanca para las nuevas personas que viven en Estados Unidos (“Grupo de Trabajo”), una iniciativa impulsada desde todos los ámbitos del gobierno cuya tarea consiste en mejorar la integración de los inmigrantes y los refugiados en nuestras comunidades. En abril de 2015, el Grupo de Trabajo publicó un plan de acción estratégico con una serie de pasos concretos dirigidos a ayudar a promover la integración de los inmigrantes y refugiados a través de lo siguiente:

  • Fortalecimiento de los caminos existentes para la naturalización y promoción de la participación cívica;
  • Desarrollo de comunidades acogedoras;
  • Apoyo de la adquisición de conocimientos y habilidades, fomento de las iniciativas empresariales y protección de los trabajadores; y
  • Expansión de las oportunidades para la integración y la educación lingüística.

Lanzamiento de la Campaña “Más Firme, Más Fuerte” de concientización ciudadana

Hoy, el Presidente Obama puso en marcha una campaña pública y plurilingüe de concientización a nivel nacional con el fin de promover los derechos, responsabilidades y oportunidades inherentes a la condición de ciudadano entre los residentes LPR elegibles, además de formar un cuerpo de voluntarios que asistirá a dichas personas a lo largo del proceso de naturalización. La Campaña “Más Firme, Más Fuerte” tiene como propósito quebrar las barreras existentes para que los inmigrantes y refugiados elegibles se conviertan en ciudadanos estadounidenses. Esta campaña refleja nuestra convicción de que somos y siempre hemos sido una nación de inmigrantes y un país que les da la bienvenida a aquellos que huyen de la persecución, además de poner de manifiesto el hecho de que los inmigrantes y los refugiados nos hacen más fuertes cuando se les da la oportunidad de arraigarse, contribuir a nuestra economía y asumir un compromiso ciudadano.  La campaña es un proyecto de la organización sin ánimo de lucro Civic Nation que cuenta con el respaldo de la Casa Blanca y los Servicios de Ciudadanía e Inmigración de EE. UU. El lanzamiento de la campaña, producida por República, se realizó en conjunto con líderes cívicos y socios comunitarios a lo largo y ancho del país.  Además, la Campaña “Más Firme, Más Fuerte” también cuenta con la colaboración de entidades como PVBLIC Foundation, una organización dedicada a la adjudicación de subvenciones en especie, a fin de aprovechar el potencial de los espacios publicitarios donados por las principales empresas de medios.

Como parte de la campaña, la Casa Blanca está trabajando para involucrar a los inmigrantes y a las organizaciones que atienden a los refugiados en todo el país, que proporcionan asistencia y servicios legales en persona a individuos elegibles para naturalizarse; negocios que proporcionan talleres de trabajo de ciudadanía y clases de inglés a los empleados; la comunidad filantrópica; y ciudades y municipios que llevan los servicios de inmigración a los lugares en donde los inmigrantes y refugiados viven y trabajan. Para ayudar a iniciar la campaña, los gobiernos locales, la comunidad de negocios y las entidades sin fines de lucro, organizarán 70 eventos de difusión de ciudadanía en tan solo la primera semana. Esos esfuerzos complementarán actividades organizadas por el gobierno federal, que incluyen 200 ceremonias de naturalización que acogerán a más de 36,000 nuevos ciudadanos en todo el país durante la semana de la constitución (del 17 al 23 de septiembre) y en honor del Día de la Constitución y el Día de la Ciudadanía (17 de septiembre).

 

Esfuerzos para promover la ciudadanía

 

El lanzamiento de la campaña es parte de un esfuerzo integral del Grupo de Trabajo de la Casa Blanca para nuevas personas que viven en Estados Unidos para asegurar que los LPR elegibles tengan las herramientas y el apoyo necesario para solicitar la ciudadanía de EE. UU. La campaña complementa los esfuerzos existentes para proporcionar recursos a inmigrantes y refugiados elegibles así como a organizaciones que atienden a los inmigrantes y refugiados, gobiernos municipales y otros socios locales. También incluye nuevos compromisos que anunció el gobierno federal hoy:

 

  • Mejoras del servicio al cliente: Hoy, USCIS anunció que ampliará los servicios móviles a comunidades rurales por medio de una nueva asociación con el Departamento de Agricultura de EE. UU., al permitir pagos de tarjeta de crédito para los cargos de naturalización. USCIS también lanzará dos nuevas herramientas para aquellos que buscan asistencia con el proceso de naturalización: un localizador de clases de ciudadanía que permite encontrar una clase de ciudadanía o inglés en su comunidad, y una nueva prueba cívica interactiva de práctica en línea. Ambas herramientas están diseñadas tomando en cuenta al usuario y están enfocadas para responder las preguntas más urgentes que los próximos ciudadanos pueden tener.
  • Embajadores presidenciales para la ciudadanía y naturalización: El Presidente va a nombrar a cuatro nuevas personas que viven en Estados Unidos y a hijos de inmigrantes prominentes como embajadores presidenciales para la ciudadanía y naturalización. Los embajadores presidenciales incluyen al chef y dueño de restaurantes José Andrés, a la actriz Diane Guerrero, al cantautor Dave Matthews y al ex pitcher de Los Angeles Dodgers, Fernando Valenzuela. Esta colaboración sin precedentes aprovechará las historias inspiradoras de estos embajadores para promover la naturalización, impulsar las iniciativas de integración e incrementar la conciencia de las contribuciones de las nuevas personas que viven en Estados Unidos.
  • Expansión del alcance de los multimedios y los anuncios educativos sobre la naturalización:En julio del 2015, USCIS lanzó anuncios de servicio público (PSA en inglés) impresos, digitales y en la radio sobre el proceso de naturalización, y los colocó en mercados selectos en California, Nueva York, Texas y Florida. Hoy, USCIS ampliará el alcance de estos PSA a seis estados adicionales: Nueva Jersey, Illinois, Massachusetts, Virginia, Washington y Arizona. Juntos, estos estados conforman el 75 por ciento de todos los LPR. Además, USCIS ampliará los materiales de idiomas, que actualmente se proporcionan en español, chino, vietnamita, e incluirán coreano y tagalo.
  • Subvenciones para apoyar la ciudadanía y la integración de inmigrantes y refugiados:USCIS continúa ayudando a desarrollar la capacidad comunitaria para preparar a los individuos para la ciudadanía por medio del Programa de subvenciones de integración y ciudadanía. Este el séptimo año del programa, que ha otorgado un total de $53 millones por medio de 262 subvenciones competitivas a organizaciones sin fines de lucro privadas o públicas en 35 estados y en el distrito de Columbia. Los donatarios de USCIS han ayudado a que más de 122,000 LPR se preparen para la ciudadanía. Hoy, USCIS anunció $10 millones en subvenciones adicionales a 40 organizaciones ubicadas en 25 estados.
  • Campaña de desarrollo de comunidades acogedoras: Para alentar a las comunidades locales a que participen en esfuerzos locales de integración de inmigrantes, el Grupo de Trabajo está lanzando la Campaña de desarrollo de comunidades acogedorasen asociación con la organización sin fines de lucro Welcoming America. El Presidente hace un llamado a las comunidades locales para que actúen con base en un conjunto de principios para desarrollar comunidades acogedoras e inclusivas que permitan que los residentes prosperen y tengan éxito, lo cual mejora a las comunidades en general. Cuarenta y un (41) comunidades ya respondieron al llamado de desarrollar comunidades acogedoras.
  • Comunidades Acogedoras AmeriCorps: La Corporación para el Servicio Nacional y Comunitario (CNCS en inglés) enviará a 150 miembros de Comunidades Acogedoras AmeriCorps a cerca de 100 comunidades distintas por medio de asociaciones con YMCA, organizaciones benéficas y organizaciones nacionales de restablecimiento de refugiados. Comunidades Acogedoras AmeriCorps ayudará a comunidades locales a desarrollar e implementar planes de integración para inmigrantes y refugiados locales. CNCS también priorizará el desarrollo de las nuevas asociaciones locales AmeriCorps VISTA.
  • Difusión y compromiso con los gobiernos municipales: Debido a que las comunidades locales juegan un papel esencial para acoger y asistir a inmigrantes y refugiados, USCIS depende de asociaciones estatales y locales para ayudar a educar a individuos sobre la naturalización e inmigración legal. Hoy, USCIS anunció nuevas asociaciones y renovó asociaciones locales. USCIS ahora tiene un total de ocho socios municipales, que han establecido 330 espacios para ciudadanos en facilidades municipales y ha llevado a cabo más de 20 sesiones de información de naturalización en lugares locales del gobierno.
  • Mejorando el significado y la importancia de las ceremonias de ciudadanía:En septiembre de 2006, USCIS y el Servicio de Parques Nacionales (NPS en inglés) del Departamento del Interior firmaron un acuerdo para conectar a los ciudadanos más nuevos de Estados Unidos con los parques nacionales en todo el país y se han llevado a cabo ceremonias de naturalización en varios de los 408 parques nacionales. Hoy, USCIS renueva su asociación con NPS para mejorar el significado e importancia de las ceremonias de naturalización al permitir que las ceremonias de naturalización se lleven a cabo en los parques nacionales.
  • Aumentando la capacidad de servicios legales de bajo costo para los inmigrantes y refugiados:Muchos individuos que son elegibles para naturalizarse u obtener otros recursos legales enfrentan barreras para acceder a servicios legales asequibles relacionados con la inmigración. El Departamento de Justicia (DOJ en inglés) reconoció esto y emitirá un Aviso de reglamentación propuesta para reformar el proceso de convertirse en un proveedor de servicios legales reconocido y en representante acreditado, lo cual ampliará la disponibilidad de los servicios legales a los LPR elegibles sin costo alguno para el público. El DOJ también finalizará dos reglas que facilitará aún más el acceso a servicios legales pro bono.

 

Algunos de los ejemplos de los compromisos que anunció hoy el sector privado para apoyar a La Campaña Más Firme, Más Fuerte incluyen:

 

  • La campaña para las nuevas personas que viven en Estados Unidos:  La Campaña para las nuevas personas que viven en Estados Unidos, que se lanzó en julio del 2011, anunció un compromiso de $10 millones para los próximos dos años para apoyar la asistencia en persona, servicios legales y colaboraciones continuas entre ocho socios nacionales, 18 sitios de programa y aproximadamente 100 socios locales de todo el país. Las inversiones filantrópicas de naturalización han llegado a casi $30 millones desde julio de 2011, incluidas las inversiones de Carnegie Corporation of New York; Wallace H. Coulter Foundation; Grove Foundation; Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund; JPB Foundation; John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; así como el donante heredado de Open Society Foundations. En Los Ángeles, California Community Foundation ha invertido en los esfuerzos locales de la campaña, al igual que Ford Foundation en Detroit, Houston Endowment en Houston y Rockefeller Brothers Fund en Nueva York.
  • Asociación Nacional para las Nuevas Personas que Viven en Estados Unidos: A través de la Asociación Nacional para las Nuevas Personas que Viven en Estados Unidos:, 12 de las organizaciones de defensa de inmigrantes más grandes del país han combinado vastos recursos y el alcance colectivo y experiencia para lanzar  Become a Citizen Now!(¡Conviértase en un ciudadano ahora!), un recurso integral gratuito para que las personas en todo el país tengan acceso a la información sobre el proceso de naturalización. Además, cada socio ofrece servicios de ciudadanía en 11 estados diferentes.
  • Cities for Citizenship: Cities for Citizenship es una iniciativa nacional enfocada en aumentar la ciudadanía para los LPR elegibles y alentar a las ciudades a que inviertan en programas de ciudadanía. Cities for Citizenship está presidida por el alcalde de la ciudad de Nueva York, Bill de Blasio, el alcalde de Chicago, Rahm Emanuel y el alcalde de Los Ángeles, Eric Garcetti. También obtiene apoyo del Centro de Democracia Popular, la Asociación Nacional para las nuevas personas que viven en Estados Unidos, y el Desarrollo de Comunidades de Citi. Casi 20 ciudades de todo Estados Unidos se han unido a la iniciativa, incluida Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Nashville, Seattle, Pittsburgh y Atlanta. Varias de estas ciudades están usando esta campaña como una oportunidad para duplicar sus esfuerzos de difusión de ciudadanía y naturalización.
  • Nuevo grupo de trabajo para las personas que viven en Estados Unidos:  En asociación con el Foro de Inmigración Nacional del Nuevo grupo de trabajo para las personas que viven en Estados Unidos, los negocios han realizado compromisos para apoyar a su grupo de trabajo de inmigrantes al ofrecer servicios de ciudadanía en el lugar de trabajo. Algunos de estos socios están realizando nuevos compromisos, y otros están renovando el trabajo que ya comenzaron para asegurarse que los empleados recientemente elegibles puedan aprovechar los beneficios del programa y tomen el paso final para convertirse en ciudadanos de EE. UU.  Los socios incluyen a Miami Dolphins, Evans Hotels, Doctors Community Hospital y Miami Dade College.
  • Ciudad de Atlanta:La ciudad de Atlanta, en asociación con USCIS y la Fundación Comunitaria del Área Metropolitana de Atlanta, implementarán la primera fase de los espacios de ciudadanía, que están dedicados a proporcionar recursos a los inmigrantes elegibles en ubicaciones en donde viven y trabajan. La fase inicial de los espacios de ciudadanía en Atlanta incluirá City Hall, las librerías de la ciudad, dos centros comunitarios y dos tiendas de abarrotes que son propiedad de inmigrantes llamadas El Progreso. El lunes, el alcalde Kasim Reed organizó una ceremonia de naturalización en City Hall para darle la bienvenida a 20 nuevas personas que viven en Estados Unidos. Los socios comunitarios estuvieron presentes para proporcionar recursos adicionales e información mientras que Coca-Cola Company proporcionó botellas conmemorativas que dicen “Share a Coke with a New American” (Comparte una coca con una nueva persona que vive en Estados Unidos) modelada después de la campaña de Comparte una coca.
  • Ciudad de los Ángeles:Durante el Día de la Ciudadanía, el alcalde Garcetti iniciará la iniciativa “Step Forward LA” (LA, adelántate), que está enfocada en llegar a 100,000 inmigrantes elegibles en Los Ángeles, y los ayudará a tomar los pasos necesarios para convertirse en ciudadanos de EE. UU. La ciudad de Los Ángeles también implementará un sitio web de ciudadanía, Stepforward.lacity.org que proporcionará recursos e información sobre cómo navegar el proceso de la ciudadanía. El alcalde Garcetti también conmemorará el día al asistir a la Ceremonia de Niños de USCIS, en donde más de 80 niños se convertirán en ciudadanos con sus familias en la biblioteca pública.
  • Ciudad de Nueva York:A través de una asociación con USCIS, la ciudad de Nueva York, ha ampliado los espacios de ciudadanía en todas las bibliotecas públicas de la ciudad, contratado y entrenado a navegadores de la comunidad e incrementado el número de talleres de trabajo de ciudadanía disponibles para los inmigrantes elegibles en la ciudad de Nueva York. Con el fin de reconocer el Día de la Ciudadanía, el alcalde de Blasio organizará una ceremonia de naturalización para darle la bienvenida a 100 nuevas personas que viven en Estados Unidos y la Oficina del Alcalde de Asuntos de Inmigrantes está trabajando con socios de trabajo, religiosos y comunitarios para una semana de acción de la ciudadanía.
  • Ciudades unidas para tomar acción con respecto a la inmigración: Ciudades unidas para tomar acción con respecto a la inmigración es un cohorte de casi 100 alcaldes y ejecutivos de contado de todo el país que defienden la reforma migratoria, así como las políticas estatales, locales y federales que trabajan para mejorar la integración de inmigrantes.
  • San Francisco Pathways to Citizenship Initiative (SFPCI): San Francisco Pathways to Citizenship Initiative (SFPCI), que fue lanzada en julio del 2013 por el alcalde Ed Lee, es una asociación única entre la ciudad y el condado de San Francisco, organizaciones filantrópicas y el sector no lucrativo, para proporcionar asistencia y recursos a LPR elegibles. Los socios de Pathways han llevado a cabo 14 talleres de trabajo, que han llegado a más de un millón de residentes del Área de la Bahía de San Francisco y han entrenado a mas de 500 mentores voluntarios. La Oficina de Participación Cívica y Asuntos de Inmigrantes de San Francisco proporciona 50 por ciento del total de los $1.2 millones de financiamiento, además de proporcionar otros servicios de apoyo a SFPCI.
  • Napa Valley Community Foundation: Napa Valley Community Foundation anunció sus esfuerzos de ampliar sus inversiones en la iniciativa One Napa Valley Initiative por $645,000 en los próximos dos años. Esta expansión permitirá que la organización proporcione apoyo adicional y servicios a los inmigrantes elegibles interesados en naturalizarse en su área.
  • Latina Magazine: Latina Magazine promocionará material de concienciación público de ciudadanía en varias de sus plataformas, lo que incluye la amplificación en línea.
  • Univision: Como parte de Univision Contigo, la plataforma de apoderamiento de Univision, la compañía líder que le sirve a los Hispanoamericanos proveerá comunicados de interés público y programas similares a través de sus plataformas mediáticas para educar a aquellos que califican para aplicar para la ciudadanía estadounidense sobre recursos y sus derechos. Además, estaciones locales afiliadas amplificarán eventos de interés público que sirven a la comunidad y educan sobre la acción cívica.
  • Entravision: Entravision promoverá la campaña de ciudadanía en la televisión y en las estaciones de radio. Las estaciones afiliadas locales, en asociación con las organizaciones locales que atienden a los inmigrantes, cubrirán los eventos locales.
  • People en Español: La revista popular de estilo de vida promoverá la campaña en su sitio y en plataformas digitales. La Campaña Más Firme, Más Fuerte se destacará en el Festival de People en Español.

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FACT SHEET: “Stand Stronger” Citizenship Awareness Campaign

Initiative Promotes Citizenship among those who are Eligible

Watch “Stand Stronger” Video featuring President Obama HERE

 

Since the beginning of his Administration, President Obama has made clear that we are stronger as a nation when we welcome immigrants and refugees into our communities and harness their entrepreneurial spirit. At its heart, America is and has always been a nation of immigrants. Immigrants and refugees contribute to our country’s social and cultural fabric, and are critical to our country’s continued economic prosperity.  Today, on Citizenship and Constitution Day, President Obama launched the “Stand Stronger” Citizenship Awareness Campaign, a project with nonprofit Civic Nation, to encourage eligible immigrants to take an important step in their American journey and commit to citizenship.  To launch this effort, the President released a video message to encourage eligible lawful permanent residents (LPRs) to commit to citizenship today.

 

According to the most recent estimates, there are approximately 13.3 million LPRs living in the United States, and 8.8 million of them are eligible to apply for citizenship. This includes over 3 million refugees who have resettled here since 1975 from countries that span the globe. Nearly one out of every three eligible individuals obtained LPR status in 1990 or earlier, meaning that many have been part of our communities for decades. But they don’t yet enjoy all of the rights, benefits, and responsibilities that come with being a full American citizen.

 

As a part of his November 2014 executive actions, President Barack Obama established the White House Task Force on New Americans (“Task Force”) — a government-wide effort tasked with enhancing the integration of immigrants and refugees into our communities. In April 2015, the Task Force released a strategic action plan with a set of concrete steps to help promote immigrant and refugee integration by:

 

  • Strengthening existing pathways to naturalization and promoting civic engagement;
  • Building welcoming communities;
  • Supporting skill development, fostering entrepreneurship, and safeguarding workers; and
  • Expanding opportunities for linguistics integration and education.

 

Launching the “Stand Stronger” Citizenship Awareness Campaign

 

Today, President Obama launched a national, multilingual public awareness campaign to promote the rights, responsibilities, and opportunities of citizenship among eligible LPRs and to build a volunteer corps that will support them throughout the naturalization process. The “Stand Stronger” Campaign aims to break down the barriers for eligible immigrants and refugees to become U.S. citizens. The campaign reflects the belief that we are, and have always been a nation of immigrants and a nation that welcomes those fleeing persecution, in addition to underscoring that immigrants and refugees make us stronger when they are able to set down roots, harness their skills, contribute to our economy, and commit to citizenship.  The Campaign is a project of nonprofit Civic Nation, with assistance from the White House and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. The Campaign was launched in conjunction with community partners and civic leaders across the country and produced by República.  The “Stand Stronger” campaign is also working with organizations like the PVBLIC Foundation, an in-kind grant making organization, to harness the power of donated advertising space from leading media companies.

As part of the campaign, the White House is working to engage immigrant- and refugee-serving organizations around the country that provide in-person assistance and legal services to individuals eligible to naturalize; businesses that are providing citizenship workshops and English language classes to their employees; the philanthropic community; and cities and localities that are bringing immigration services to places where immigrants and refugees live and work. To help kick off the campaign, local governments, the business community, and non-profit entities will host over 70 citizenship outreach events in the first week alone. Those efforts will complement activities hosted by the federal government, including 200 naturalization ceremonies that will welcome more than 36,000 new citizens across the country during Constitution Week (September 17-23) and in honor of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day (September 17).

 

Efforts to Promote Citizenship

 

Launching the campaign is part of a comprehensive effort by the White House Task Force on New Americans to ensure that eligible LPRs have the tools and support needed to apply for U.S. citizenship. It complements existing efforts to provide resources to eligible immigrants and refugees as well as to immigrant- and refugee-serving organizations, municipal governments, and other local partners. And it includes new commitments announced by the federal government today:

 

  • Customer Service Enhancements:  Today, USCIS announced that it is expanding mobile services to rural communities through a new partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, beginning to allow credit card payments of naturalization fees. USCIS is also launching two new tools for those seeking assistance with the naturalization process: a citizenship class locator that allows you to find a citizenship or English class in your community, and a new, interactive online civics practice test. Both of these tools are designed with the user in mind and focused on answering the most pressing questions that soon-to-be citizens might have.
  • Presidential Ambassadors for Citizenship and Naturalization: The President is naming 4 prominent new Americans and children of immigrants as Presidential Ambassadors for Citizenship and Naturalization. The Presidential Ambassadors include chef and restaurateur José Andrés, actress Diane Guerrero, singer and songwriter Dave Matthews, and former Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Fernando Valenzuela. This first-of-its-kind collaboration will harness these Ambassadors’ inspirational stories to promote naturalization, bolster integration initiatives, and increase awareness of the contributions of new Americans.
  • Expanding Reach of Multimedia, Educational Ads on Naturalization:In July 2015, USCIS released new print, digital, radio public serve announcements (PSAs) about the naturalization process, placing them in select markets in California, New York, Texas, and Florida. Today, USCIS is expanding the reach of these PSAs to six additional states—New Jersey, Illinois, Massachusetts, Virginia, Washington, and Arizona. Together, these states are home to 75 percent of all LPRs. Additionally, USCIS will expand its in-language materials, currently provided in Spanish, Chinese, and Vietnamese, to include Korean and Tagalog.
  • Grants Supporting Citizenship and Immigrant and Refugee Integration:USCIS continues to help build community capacity to prepare individuals for citizenship through the Citizenship and Integration Grant Program. Now in its seventh year, the program has awarded a total of $53 million through 262 competitive grants to public or private non-profit organizations in 35 states and the District of Columbia. USCIS grantees have helped more than 122,000 LPRs prepare for citizenship. Today, USCIS announced $10 million in additional grants to 40 organizations located in 25 states.
  • Building Welcoming Communities Campaign: To encourage local communities to engage in local immigrant integration efforts, the Task Force is launching the Building Welcoming Communities Campaignin partnership with nonprofit Welcoming America. The President is calling on local communities to act on a set of principles to build inclusive, welcoming communities that allow all residents to thrive and succeed, thereby enhancing communities at large. Forty one (41) communities have already answered the call to build welcoming communities.
  • Welcoming Communities AmeriCorps: The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is committing 150 Welcoming Communities AmeriCorps members to nearly 100 different communities through partnerships with the YMCA, Catholic Charities, and national refugee resettlement organizations. Welcoming Communities AmeriCorps will help local communities develop and implement local immigrant and refugee integration plans. CNCS will also prioritize the development of new local AmeriCorps VISTA partnerships.
  • Outreach and Engagement with Municipal Governments: Since local communities play a critical role in welcoming and assisting immigrants and refugees, USCIS relies on state and local partnerships to help educate individuals about naturalization and lawful immigration. Today, USCIS announced new partnerships and renewed local partnerships. USCIS now has a total of eight municipal partners, which have established 330 citizenship corners in municipal facilities and conducted more than 20 naturalization information sessions at local government venues.
  • Enhancing the Meaning and Stature of Citizenship Ceremonies:In September 2006, USCIS and the Department of the Interior’s National Park Service (NPS) signed an agreement to connect America’s newest citizens to national parks throughout the country and has coordinated naturalization ceremonies at many of our 408 national parks. Today, USCIS is renewing its partnership with NPS to enhance the meaning and stature of citizenship ceremonies by allowing naturalization ceremonies to take place in our national parks.
  • Increasing Low-Cost Legal Services Capacity for Immigrants and Refugees:Many individuals who are eligible to naturalize or obtain other legal remedies face barriers to accessing affordable immigration-related legal services. In recognition of this, the Department of Justice (DOJ) is issuing a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to reform the process for becoming a recognized legal service provider and an accredited representative, which will expand the availability of legal services to eligible LPRs at no cost to the public. DOJ will also finalize two rules that will further facilitate access to pro-bono legal services.

 

Examples of commitments being announced today by the private sector in support of “Stand Stronger” include:

 

  • New Americans Campaign:  The New Americans Campaign, launched in July 2011, announced a $10 million commitment over the next two years to support in-person assistance, legal services, and on-going collaboration between 8 national partners, 18 program sites, and approximately 100 local partners across the country. Philanthropic investments in naturalization have totaled nearly $30M since July 2011, including investments from Carnegie Corporation of New York; the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation; the Grove Foundation; the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund; JPB Foundation; the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; as well as the legacy funder Open Society Foundations. In Los Angeles, the California Community Foundation has invested in the local efforts of the Campaign, as have the Ford Foundation in Detroit, the Houston Endowment in Houston, and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund in New York.
  • National Partnership for New Americans: Through the National Partnership for New Americans, 12 of the largest immigrant advocacy organizations in the country have combined their vast resources and collective reach and experience in order to launch Become a Citizen Now!, a one-stop, free resource for people nationwide to access information about the naturalization process. In addition, each partner offers citizenship services on the ground in 11 different states.
  • Cities for Citizenship:Cities for Citizenship is a national initiative aimed at increasing citizenship among eligible LPRs and encouraging cities to invest in citizenship programs. Cities for Citizenship is chaired by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. It also draws support from the Center for Popular Democracy, the National Partnership for New Americans, and Citi Community Development. Almost 20 cities from all across America have joined the initiative, including Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Nashville, Seattle, Pittsburgh, and Atlanta. Many of these cities are using this campaign as an opportunity to re-double their citizenship and naturalization outreach efforts.
  • New American Workforce:  In partnership with the National Immigration Forum’s New American Workforce, businesses have made commitments to support their immigrant workforce by offering citizenship services at the worksite. Some of these partners are making new commitments, and others are renewing the work they have already started to make sure newly eligible employees are able to take advantage of the benefits of the program and take the final step towards becoming a U.S. citizen.  Partners include the Miami Dolphins, Evans Hotels, Doctors Community Hospital and Miami Dade College.
  • City of Atlanta:The City of Atlanta, in partnership with USCIS and the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, will roll out the first phase of its Citizenship Corners, which are spaces dedicated to providing resources to eligible immigrants in locations where they live and work. The initial phase of Citizenship Corners in Atlanta will include City Hall, city libraries, two community centers, and two immigrant-owned grocery stores named El Progreso. Also, on Monday, Mayor Kasim Reed hosted a naturalization ceremony at City Hall to welcome 20 new Americans. Community partners were on site to provide additional resources and information while the Coca-Cola Company provided commemorative Coca-Cola bottles that read “Share a Coke with a New American” modeled after their “Share a Coke” campaign.
  • City of Los Angeles: During Citizenship Day, Mayor Garcetti will kick off his “Step Forward LA” initiative, which aims to reach out to 100,000 eligible immigrants in Los Angeles, helping them take the necessary steps to become U.S. citizens. The City of Los Angeles will also roll out a citizenship website, Stepforward.lacity.org that will provide resources and information on how to navigate the process of citizenship. Mayor Garcetti will also commemorate the day by attending the USCIS Children’s Ceremony where more than 80 children will become citizens with their families at our public library.
  • City of New York:Through a partnership with USCIS, New York City has expanded Citizenship Corners in all of the city’s public libraries, hired and trained community navigators, and increased the number of citizenship workshops available to eligible immigrants in New York City. In recognition of Citizenship Day, Mayor de Blasio will host a naturalization ceremony to welcome 100 new Americans and the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs is working with labor, faith and community partners on a Week of Action on citizenship.
  • Cities United for Immigration Action: Cities United for Immigration Action is a cohort of nearly 100 mayors and county executives throughout the country that advocate for immigration reform, as well as state, local, and federal policy that works to enhance immigrant integration.
  • San Francisco Pathways to Citizenship Initiative (SFPCI)Launched in July 2013 by Mayor Ed Lee, the San Francisco Pathways to Citizenship Initiative (SFPCI) is a unique partnership between the City and County of San Francisco, philanthropic organizations, and the nonprofit sector to provide assistance and resources to eligible LPRs. Pathways partners have conducted 14 workshops, reaching over one million San Francisco Bay Area residents and training over 500 volunteer mentors. The San Francisco Office of Civic Engagement & Immigrant Affairs provides 50 percent of the total $1.2M funding, in addition to providing other support services to SFPCI.
  • Napa Valley Community Foundation: The Napa Valley Community Foundation announced its efforts to expand their investments in the One Napa Valley Initiative by $645,000 over the next two years. This expansion will allow the organization to provide additional support and services to eligible immigrants interested in naturalizing in their area.
  • Latina Magazine: Latina Magazine will promote citizenship public awareness material on their various platforms, including online amplification.
  • Univision: As part of Univision Contigo, Univision’s empowerment platform, the leading media company serving Hispanic America will provide public service announcements and similar programming across our media platforms to educate those eligible to apply for U.S.  citizenship of resources and their rights.  In addition, local affiliate stations will highlight local public interest events that serve the community and educate on civic engagement.
  • Entravision: Entravision will promote the citizenship campaign on their TV and radio stations. Partnering with local immigrant-serving organizations, local affiliate stations will cover local events.
  • People en Español: The popular lifestyle magazine will promote the campaign on their site and digital platforms. The Stand Stronger Campaign will be featured in the Festival People en Español.

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Promotes Citizenship among those who are Eligible

Since the beginning of his Administration, President Obama has made clear that we are stronger as a nation when we welcome immigrants and refugees into our communities and harness their entrepreneurial spirit. At its heart, America is and has always been a nation of immigrants. Immigrants and refugees contribute to our country’s social and cultural fabric, and are critical to our country’s continued economic prosperity. Today, on Citizenship and Constitution Day, President Obama launched the “Stand Stronger” Citizenship Awareness Campaign, a project with nonprofit Civic Nation, to encourage eligible immigrants to take an important step in their American journey and commit to citizenship. To launch this effort, the President released a video message to encourage eligible lawful permanent residents (LPRs) to commit to citizenship today.According to the most recent estimates, there are approximately 13.3 million LPRs living in the United States, and 8.8 million of them are eligible to apply for citizenship. This includes over 3 million refugees who have resettled here since 1975 from countries that span the globe. Nearly one out of every three eligible individuals obtained LPR status in 1990 or earlier, meaning that many have been part of our communities for decades. But they don’t yet enjoy all of the rights, benefits, and responsibilities that come with being a full American citizen.

Launching the “Stand Stronger” Citizenship Awareness Campaign

Today, President Obama launched a national, multilingual public awareness campaign to promote the rights, responsibilities, and opportunities of citizenship among eligible LPRs and to build a volunteer corps that will support them throughout the naturalization process. The “Stand Stronger” Campaign aims to break down the barriers for eligible immigrants and refugees to become U.S. citizens. The campaign reflects the belief that we are, and have always been a nation of immigrants and a nation that welcomes those fleeing persecution, in addition to underscoring that immigrants and refugees make us stronger when they are able to set down roots, harness their skills, contribute to our economy, and commit to citizenship. The Campaign is a project of nonprofit Civic Nation, with assistance from the White House and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. The Campaign was launched in conjunction with community partners and civic leaders across the country and produced by República. The “Stand Stronger” campaign is also working with organizations like the PVBLIC Foundation, an in-kind grant making organization, to harness the power of donated advertising space from leading media companies.

As part of the campaign, the White House is working to engage immigrant- and refugee- serving organizations around the country that provide in-person assistance and legal services to individuals eligible to naturalize; businesses that are providing citizenship workshops and English language classes to their employees; the philanthropic community; and cities and localities that are bringing immigration services to places where immigrants and refugees live and work. To help kick off the campaign, local governments, the business community, and non-profit entities will host over 70 citizenship outreach events in the first week alone. Those efforts will complement activities hosted by the federal government, including 200 naturalization ceremonies that will welcome more than 36,000 new citizens across the country during Constitution Week (September 17-23) and in honor of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day (September 17).

Efforts to Promote Citizenship

Launching the campaign is part of a comprehensive effort by the White House Task Force on New Americans to ensure that eligible LPRs have the tools and support needed to apply for
U.S. citizenship. It complements existing efforts to provide resources to eligible immigrants and refugees as well as to immigrant- and refugee-serving organizations, municipal governments, and other local partners. And it includes new commitments announced by the federal government today:

· Customer Service Enhancements: Today, USCIS announced that it is expanding mobile services to rural communities through a new partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, beginning to allow credit card payments of naturalization fees. USCIS is also launching two new tools for those seeking assistance with the naturalization process: a citizenship class locator that allows you to find a citizenship or English class in your community, and a new, interactive online civics practice test. Both of these tools are designed with the user in mind and focused on answering the most pressing questions that soon-to-be citizens might have.

· Presidential Ambassadors for Citizenship and Naturalization: The President is announcing four prominent new Americans and children of immigrants as Presidential Ambassadors for Citizenship and Naturalization. The Presidential Ambassadors include chef and restaurateur José Andrés, actress Diane Guerrero, singer and songwriter Dave Matthews, and former Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Fernando Valenzuela. This first-of- its-kind collaboration will harness these Ambassadors’ inspirational stories to promote naturalization, bolster integration initiatives, and increase awareness of the contributions of new Americans.

· Expanding Reach of Multimedia, Educational Ads on Naturalization: In July 2015, USCIS released new print, digital, radio public serve announcements (PSAs) about the naturalization process, placing them in select markets in California, New York, Texas, and Florida. Today, USCIS is expanding the reach of these PSAs to six additional states—New Jersey, Illinois, Massachusetts, Virginia, Washington, and Arizona. Together, these states are home to 75 percent of all LPRs. Additionally, USCIS will expand its in-language materials, currently provided in Spanish, Chinese, and Vietnamese, to include Korean and Tagalog.

· Grants Supporting Citizenship and Immigrant and Refugee Integration: USCIS continues to help build community capacity to prepare individuals for citizenship through the Citizenship and Integration Grant Program. Now in its seventh year, the program has awarded a total of $53 million through 262 competitive grants to public or private non-profit organizations in 35 states and the District of Columbia. USCIS grantees have helped more than 122,000 LPRs prepare for citizenship. Today, USCIS announced $10 million in additional grants to 40 organizations located in 25 states.

· Building Welcoming Communities Campaign: To encourage local communities to engage in local immigrant integration efforts, the Task Force is launching the Building Welcoming Communities Campaign in partnership with nonprofit Welcoming America. The President is calling on local communities to act on a set of principles to build inclusive, welcoming communities that allow all residents to thrive and succeed, thereby enhancing communities at large. Forty (40) communities have already answered the call to build welcoming communities.

· Welcoming Communities AmeriCorps: The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is committing 150 Welcoming Communities AmeriCorps members to nearly 100 different communities through partnerships with the YMCA, Catholic Charities, and national refugee resettlement organizations. Welcoming Communities AmeriCorps will help local communities develop and implement local immigrant and refugee integration plans. CNCS will also prioritize the development of new local AmeriCorps VISTA partnerships.

· Outreach and Engagement with Municipal Governments: Since local communities play a critical role in welcoming and assisting immigrants and refugees, USCIS relies on state and local partnerships to help educate individuals about naturalization and lawful immigration. Today, USCIS announced new partnerships and renewed local partnerships. USCIS now has a total of eight municipal partners, which have established 330 citizenship corners in municipal facilities and conducted more than 20 naturalization information sessions at local government venues.

· Enhancing the Meaning and Stature of Citizenship Ceremonies: In September 2006, USCIS and the Department of the Interior’s National Park Service (NPS) signed an agreement to connect America’s newest citizens to national parks throughout the country and has coordinated naturalization ceremonies at many of our 408 national parks. Today, USCIS is renewing its partnership with NPS to enhance the meaning and stature of citizenship ceremonies by allowing naturalization ceremonies to take place in our national parks.

· Increasing Low-Cost Legal Services Capacity for Immigrants and Refugees: Many individuals who are eligible to naturalize or obtain other legal remedies face barriers to accessing affordable immigration-related legal services. In recognition of this, the Department of Justice (DOJ) is issuing a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to reform the process for becoming a recognized legal service provider and an accredited representative, which will expand the availability of legal services to eligible LPRs at no cost to the public. DOJ will also finalize two rules that will further facilitate access to pro-bono legal services.

Examples of commitments being announced today by the private sector in support of “Stand Stronger” include:

· New Americans Campaign: The New Americans Campaign, launched in July 2011, announced a $10 million commitment over the next two years to support in-person assistance, legal services, and on-going collaboration between 8 national partners, 18 program sites, and approximately 100 local partners across the country. Philanthropic investments in naturalization have totaled nearly $30M since July 2011, including investments from Carnegie Corporation of New York; the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation; the Grove Foundation; the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund; JPB Foundation; the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; as well as the legacy funder Open Society Foundations. In Los Angeles, the California Community Foundation has invested in the local efforts of the Campaign, as have the Ford Foundation in Detroit, the Houston Endowment in Houston, and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund in New York.

· National Partnership for New Americans: Through the National Partnership for New Americans, 12 of the largest immigrant advocacy organizations in the country have combined their vast resources and collective reach and experience in order to launch Become a Citizen Now!, a one-stop, free resource for people nationwide to access information about the naturalization process. In addition, each partner offers citizenship services on the ground in 11 different states.

· Cities for Citizenship: Cities for Citizenship is a national initiative aimed at increasing citizenship among eligible LPRs and encouraging cities to invest in citizenship programs. Cities for Citizenship is chaired by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. It also draws support from the Center for Popular Democracy, the National Partnership for New Americans, and Citi Community Development. Almost 20 cities from all across America have joined the initiative, including Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Nashville, Seattle, Pittsburgh, and Atlanta. Many of these cities are using this campaign as an opportunity to re-double their citizenship and naturalization outreach efforts.

· New American Workforce: In partnership with the National Immigration Forum’s New American Workforce, businesses have made commitments to support their immigrant workforce by offering citizenship services at the worksite. Some of these partners are making new commitments, and others are renewing the work they have already started to make sure newly eligible employees are able to take advantage of the benefits of the program and take the final step towards becoming a U.S. citizen. Partners include the Miami Dolphins, Evans Hotels, Doctors Community Hospital and Miami Dade College.

· City of Atlanta: The City of Atlanta, in partnership with USCIS and the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, will roll out the first phase of its Citizenship Corners, which are spaces dedicated to providing resources to eligible immigrants in locations where they live and work. The initial phase of Citizenship Corners in Atlanta will include City Hall, city libraries, two community centers, and two immigrant-owned grocery stores named El Progreso. Also, on Monday, Mayor Kasim Reed hosted a naturalization ceremony at City Hall to welcome 20 new Americans. Community partners were on site to provide additional resources and information while the Coca- Cola Company provided commemorative Coca-Cola bottles that read “Share a Coke with a New American” modeled after their “Share a Coke” campaign.
· City of Los Angeles: During Citizenship Day, Mayor Garcetti will kick off his “Step Forward LA” initiative, which aims to reach out to 100,000 eligible immigrants in Los Angeles, helping them take the necessary steps to become U.S. citizens. The City of Los Angeles will also roll out a citizenship website, Stepforward.lacity.org that will provide resources and information on how to navigate the process of citizenship. Mayor Garcetti will also commemorate the day by attending the USCIS Children’s Ceremony where more than 80 children will become citizens with their families at our public library.

· City of New York: Through a partnership with USCIS, New York City has expanded Citizenship Corners in all of the city’s public libraries, hired and trained community navigators, and increased the number of citizenship workshops available to eligible immigrants in New York City. In recognition of Citizenship Day, Mayor de Blasio will host a naturalization ceremony to welcome 100 new Americans and the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs is working with labor, faith and community partners on a Week of Action on citizenship.

· Cities United for Immigration Action: Cities United for Immigration Action is a cohort of nearly 100 mayors and county executives throughout the country that advocate for immigration reform, as well as state, local, and federal policy that works to enhance immigrant integration.

· San Francisco Pathways to Citizenship Initiative (SFPCI): Launched in July 2013 by Mayor Ed Lee, the San Francisco Pathways to Citizenship Initiative (SFPCI) is a unique partnership between the City and County of San Francisco, philanthropic organizations, and the nonprofit sector to provide assistance and resources to eligible LPRs. Pathways partners have conducted 14 workshops, reaching over one million San Francisco Bay Area residents and training over 500 volunteer mentors. The San Francisco Office of Civic Engagement & Immigrant Affairs provides 50 percent of the total $1.2M funding, in addition to providing other support services to SFPCI.

· Napa Valley Community Foundation: The Napa Valley Community Foundation announced its efforts to expand their investments in the One Napa Valley Initiative by $645,000 over the next two years. This expansion will allow the organization to provide additional support and services to eligible immigrants interested in naturalizing in their area.

· Latina Magazine: Latina Magazine will promote citizenship public awareness material on their various platforms, including online amplification.

· Univision: Univision will lend space in their programming and social media platforms to promote the campaign. Partnering with local immigrant-serving organizations, local affiliate stations will cover local events.

· Entravision: Entravision will promote the citizenship campaign on their TV and radio stations. Partnering with local immigrant-serving organizations, local affiliate stations will cover local events.

· People en Español: The popular lifestyle magazine will promote the campaign on their site and digital platforms. The Stand Stronger Campaign will be featured in the Festival People en Español.

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