2015 Strong Year for Citizenship as New Americans Campaign Looks Ahead to 2016

President Obama speaks at the National Archives naturalization ceremony. Photo: The White House.

President Obama speaks at the National Archives naturalization ceremony. Photo: The White House.

SAN FRANCISCO — Last week, 31 new Americans from 25 countries took part in a naturalization ceremony at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. President Obama spoke at the ceremony, which marked the 224th anniversary of the ratification of the Bill of Rights.

“We can never say it often or loudly enough: Immigrants and refugees revitalize and renew America,” said the president. “… America: A place where we can be a part of something bigger; a place where we can contribute our talents and fulfill our ambitions and secure new opportunity for ourselves and others.”

The national attention drawn to this ceremony by the president underscores the important work of the New Americans Campaign and its partners. Since 2011, New Americans Campaign sites and affiliated collaborations completed over 182,000 naturalization applications for lawful permanent residents (LPRs) from dozens of countries around the world through more than 2,900 naturalization workshops and clinics.

“The president’s remarks remind us of the contributions new Americans bring to our country and emphasize how important it is to encourage U.S. citizenship,” said Melissa Rodgers of the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, director of the New Americans Campaign. “While we look back in celebration of the citizenship milestones reached in 2015, we also recognize that there’s more work to be done.

“The new year provides us all with an opportunity to encourage more LPRs to apply for citizenship. We know that more people will come forward if U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services reaches out to them about this important opportunity. 2016 is an exciting year to become a citizen because new Americans will have the chance to exercise their right and privilege to vote in our democracy. The New Americans Campaign looks forward to continuing its outreach to the millions of LPRs eligible to become citizens right now.”

Photo: The White House.

Photo: The White House.

Petitioners are sworn in as new citizens in front of The Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, and the Bill of Rights during a naturalization ceremony at the National Archives in Washington, D.C., June 18, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

Petitioners are sworn in as new citizens in front of The Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, and the Bill of Rights during a naturalization ceremony at the National Archives in Washington, D.C., June 18, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

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About Ramón Jiménez

Ramón Jiménez, actual Managing Editor de MetroLatinoUSA. Periodista que cubre eventos de las comunidades latinas en Washington D.C., Maryland y Virginia. Graduado de la Escuela de Periodismo de la Universidad del Distrito de Columbia. Galardonado en numerosas ocasiones por parte de la Asociación Nacional de Publicaciones Hispanas (NAHP) y otras organizaciones comunitarias y deportivas de la región metropolitana de esta capital. También premiado en dos ocasiones como Mejor Periodista del Año por la cobertura de la comunidad salvadoreña; premios otorgados por la Oficina de Asuntos Latinos del Alcalde de Washington (OLA) y otras organizaciones. Ha sido miembro del jurado calificador en diferentes concursos literarios, de belleza y talento en la región metropolitana. Ha visitado zonas de desastre en Nicaragua, Honduras y El Salvador e invitado a esos países por organizaciones que asisten a personas de escasos recursos económicos. Antes trabajó en otros medios de prensa de Virginia y Washington, D.C., incluyendo reportajes para una agencia noticiosa mundial.

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