Tuesday, September 17, 2013
"Our Constitution was signed on September 17, 1787, and after an extended period of national conversation and with the promise of a bill of rights, it became the supreme law of the land. Since that time, America's Constitution has inspired nations to demand control of their own destinies. It has called multitudes to seek freedom and prosperity on our shores. We are a proud Nation of immigrants, home to a long line of aspiring citizens who contributed to their communities, founded businesses, or sacrificed their livelihoods so they could pass a brighter future on to their children. Each year on Citizenship Day, we welcome the newest members of the American family as they pledge allegiance to our Constitution and join us in writing the next chapter of our national story.
Throughout our history, immigrants have embraced the spirit of liberty, equality, and justice for all -- the same ideals that stirred the patriots of 1776 to rise against an empire, guided the Framers as they built a stronger republic, and moved generations to bridge our founding promise with the realities of our time."
Among other groups, the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund, in collaboration with ya es hora ¡Ciudadanía! coalition partners and members of the New Americans Campaign and National Partnership of New Americans, is organizing more than 40 community-based naturalization events across the country to celebrate Citizenship Day. The workshops will provide legal permanent residents with information on the naturalization process, eligibility screenings and application assistance.
An estimated 8.7 million legal permanent residents are currently eligible to apply for U.S. Citizenship, with nearly half originating from countries in Latin America. In celebration of National Citizenship Month, NALEO Educational Fund and partners are engaged in a multifaceted campaign aimed at mobilizing this group to naturalize. Informational workshop events will be held across the country, including multiple cities in Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, North Carolina, New York and Texas.
In addition to workshop events, NALEO Educational Fund is partnering with the ya es hora coalition and Univision Communications Inc. to promote the benefits of citizenship through informational public service announcements (PSAs) featuring Emmy-award winning journalist and community leader Maria Elena Salinas. The PSAs, which will air throughout the month of September, will serve as a call to action for eligible legal permanent residents to naturalize.
NALEO Educational Fund will also be joining other leading national Latino organizations on National Citizenship Day (September 17th at 7 p.m. EDT) for a national Twitter town hall touting the importance of citizenship. Twitter followers can join the online event by using the hashtag #hazteciudadano. Local Univision television stations will also be hosting phone banks featuring live support through NALEO Educational Fund’s national bilingual hotline—888-839-8682.
A full list of events held in conjunction with National Citizenship Month can be found on NALEO Educational Fund’s website.U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has big plans for celebrating Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, beginning on Tuesday, Sept. 17. To commemorate the signing of the U.S. Constitution in 1787, USCIS will welcome more than 18,000 new U.S. citizens during more than 180 naturalization ceremonies held across the country this week. USCIS sets one week in September aside every year to help the nation reflect on what it means to be an American citizen.