Dallas Public Library Supports Citizenship

Dallas Library workshop 1Last month, Dallas New Americans Campaign partners collaborated with the Dallas Public Library to host a citizenship workshop for nearly 130 aspiring new Americans.

On May 21, 77 green card holders walked away from the Dallas Central Library with completed applications.

“We began our partnership with the Dallas Public Library shortly after the New Americans Campaign United for Citizenship Conference last September,” said Luis Arango, Immigration and Legal Services Program Manager with Catholic Charities of Dallas and the Dallas New Americans Campaign site leader.

Dallas Library workshop 2Since then, Dallas Campaign partners collaborated with the library system to host citizenship information sessions for those interested in applying for naturalization. From April to May, representatives from Dallas partners Catholic Charities of Dallas, Proyecto Inmigrante and the International Rescue Committee attended these information sessions across the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex to educate individuals on the benefits and requirements for naturalization. These sessions culminated in the May 21 citizenship workshop.

“This is just the beginning of a long partnership with the library system here in Dallas,” said Arango. “We hope to host more workshops in the future at their facilities, and we’re now working with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to set up Citizenship Corners at several branches.”

Library partnerships like these were first pioneered by Los Angeles New Americans Campaign partners, and as a result, a Pan-Asian citizenship workshop is held each year at the Central Library branch and USCIS Citizenship Corners are established in each library location.

New York Campaign partners also collaborate with the Brooklyn and Queens Public Libraries, utilizing the libraries’ physical space and technology to host events using the online tool Citizenshipworks. Read more about that partnership here.

The New Americans Campaign is excited about this newest library partnership.

Posted on June 2, 2016

Our Impact

  • 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.
Learn more from our
Impact Report.

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Who We're Helping

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