New York Roundtable – Local Media Join Citizenship Movement

A few weeks ago, New America Media, the New Americans Campaign and a dozen local partner organizations hosted an ethnic media roundtable in New York to discuss the importance of citizenship for NYC green-card holders.


Immigration advocates and community leaders highlighted the 1.5 million eligible legal permanent residents currently living in New York City, with that number expected to raise to 2.5 million in the next couple of years. Advocates encouraged local media to help raise the awareness of citizenship and promote the benefits of becoming new Americans as these numbers continue to grow.

“Life can change dramatically when you become a citizen. This campaign needs to jumpstart. It is hard work to let people know citizenship is possible. There are programs out there to help you. You don’t have to feel that you’re too poor to do it,” said Sandy Close, executive director of New America Media.

“Naturalization and citizenship is important, not just for the individuals who live here but also for the economic vitality of the city as a whole. It is a strategy to advance all of New York together,” added Nisha Agarwal, Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs.

(Photo by Mariela Lombard/El Diario)

During the roundtable, Carolina Solano shared her experience as a recently naturalized citizen. To escape the violence in Honduras, Carolina moved to the United States. With the help of our partner in New York, CUNY Citizenship Now!, Carolina was able to earn her citizenship. Now she is grateful to be able to petition for her parents to come join her in the U.S. from the harsh living conditions back home.

With the effort and dedication of New America Media and our partners in New York, the roundtable successfully briefed the local media and encouraged them to join the movement helping more and more residents become #NewAmericans.


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Posted on July 18, 2014

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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