Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Today, Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27) and Democratic Rep. Tony Cárdenas (CA-29) announced that they are introducing the New American Success Act. The bill would help new Americans integrate quickly by working to smooth access to English-language, civics and other programs through the naturalization process. In remarks about the bill, Ros-Lehtinen highlighted the Bethlehem Project and the participation of many hotels in her district. Wendy Kallergis, CEO of the Greater Miami & the Beaches Hotel Association, attended the press conference announcing the bill.
The NAS Act would create several new programs to help aid New Americans in the quest to build their American Dream. Included among these are:
Establishing the National Office of New Americans and Task Force on New Americans in order to streamline and coordinate multiple immigrant integration initiatives at the federal and state level. The bill will establish a Task Force to examine integration policies and recommend actions to Congress and the Executive Branch.
Creating the Initial Entry, Adjustment, and Citizenship Assistance Grant Program which would make public, private, or non-profit organizations eligible for grant funding to assist immigrants who are currently participating in the naturalization process. These grants will work to ensure organizations that receive them are able to better prepare those whose ultimate goal is naturalization.
Establishing Integration Success Grants to enable states and some partnerships between municipalities and non-profits to compete for grant funding in the areas of civic, linguistic, and economic integration.