Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Today, the White House Task Force on New Americans outlined the federal government’s goals to strengthen its integration efforts nationwide and build welcoming communities. The Task Force, which is a formal interagency body created by President Obama in November 2014, is comprised of representatives from sixteen federal departments, agencies, and White House offices.
Led by Cecilia Muñoz, Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council, and León Rodríguez, Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the Task Force aims to further strengthen the federal government’s integration efforts by making them more strategic and deliberate.
Notable goals announced by the Task Force include the following:
Identify Opportunities to Inform Individuals Eligible for Naturalization: USCIS will notify permanent residents about their potential eligibility for naturalization. This will include leveraging its existing case status and e-filing tools to notify permanent residents seeking to renew or replace a permanent resident card about potential eligibility for naturalization.
Expand Citizenship Outreach Partnerships: Over the past five years, USCIS has increased efforts to coordinate with cities and public libraries to provide information about citizenship in local communities. In 2015, USCIS will double the number of formal letters of agreement with local governments and seek out additional opportunities to expand these local partnerships.
Citizenship Public Awareness Campaign: Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will launch a national, multilingual media campaign to raise awareness about the rights, responsibilities, and importance of U.S. citizenship, and available citizenship preparation tools.
Increasing Mobile Immigration Services: USCIS will assess the feasibility of providing mobile services where underserved populations are located and will partner with federal agencies, such as the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), that have footprints in rural and other underserved communities.
Highlight Promising Practices and Resources for Serving English Learners (ELs): U.S. Department of Education will highlight effective, evidence-based interventions for ELs and new Americans, for use in federal programs such as the existing program for immigrant children under Title III. These interventions should include professional development for educators to meet the unique needs of new Americans and ELs as a whole.