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'Citizen Gino' May Retire His Race and Gay Cards

Christopher Murray | Posted 09.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Christopher Murray

Friends attend Chi-Ming "Gino" Kuo's swearing-in ceremony as a United States citizen at Manhattan's United States Southern District Court on Aug. 22 w...

Would You Pass the US Citizenship Test? Take This Quiz!

Michael Shammas | Posted 08.22.2014 | College
Michael Shammas

The following questions were taken from the list of 100 civics questions. Admittedly, these are some of the harder ones. Could you pass?

Immigration Laws as Official 'Racial' Policy

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 09.18.2014 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Politicians and most other residents of the United States alike, from every rung along the full political spectrum, generally agree on one issue: Our immigration system is severely broken and needs fixing.

Welcome to the USA: I Am an American

Elizabeth Ann Thompson | Posted 09.08.2014 | Black Voices
Elizabeth Ann Thompson

Text of speech given to more than 1,000 new citizens from 104 countries at a naturalization ceremony being sworn in at the Paramount Theater in Oakla...

Elise Foley

Labor Group Encourages Green Card Holders To Become Citizens

HuffingtonPost.com | Elise Foley | Posted 06.27.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The AFL-CIO is teaming up with local immigration reform and labor groups this weekend to encourage green card holders to apply to be cit...

July 4th: Re-Discovering America Through Immigrant Eyes

Eric Trules | Posted 08.21.2014 | Los Angeles
Eric Trules

I brought my wife-to-be here to LA from Indonesia on August 3, 2001. I think of my lovely Indonesian wife and I think how beautifully she fits into the fabric of this country we call America. Sure, I know I romanticize her life. Because I also know my wife still often feels overwhelmed here.

Houston Coalition Aims to Naturalize More Immigrants

Elena Shore | Posted 06.28.2014 | Latino Voices
Elena Shore

When Thanh Bui took her citizenship test, she was overcome with anxiety. The 78-year-old Vietnamese refugee was so nervous that she wasn't able to answer the questions. After failing twice, she started to wonder if she should give up on her dream of becoming a U.S. citizen.

Fear, Language and Money: San Jose Ethnic Media Tackle Barriers to Citizenship

Elena Shore | Posted 03.29.2014 | Latino Voices
Elena Shore

More than 8 million immigrants across the United States have green cards and are eligible for U.S. citizenship. Yet only eight percent of them become citizens each year. Many green card holders, organizers said, are held back by a number of barriers such as financial and language barriers.

Great Immigrants, Great Stories: Three Tales of Becoming an American

Carnegie Corporation of New York | Posted 09.18.2013 | Impact
Carnegie Corporation of New York

America is a land of immigrants. Their extraordinary journeys and accomplishments strengthen our democracy and help the nation progress in countless ways. And their powerful stories enrich our society.

Citizenship Could Boost Economy By Billions Of Dollars: Study

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 12.14.2012 | Latino Voices

Looking for simple ways to kickstart the economy? Consider turning more immigrants into citizens. Extending citizenship to more lawful, permanent r...

New Americans, New Voters, New Politics

Manuel Pastor | Posted 12.08.2012 | Politics
Manuel Pastor

If both parties take every vote seriously, then they'll need to listen to the concerns of newly naturalized voters. That means less partisan politicking and more common ground solutions when discussing immigration, immigrants, and the future of our nation.

The American Dream

Nikki Johnson-Huston, Esq. | Posted 11.10.2012 | Impact
Nikki Johnson-Huston, Esq.

On June 14, I spoke at a naturalization ceremony. In that brief moment, and since, I have been able to reflect on what the oath that was taken by those people from 33 different nations means to me, someone that was lucky enough to be born an American citizen.

Janell Ross

Bring Eligible Latino Voters Onto Rolls And National Political Map Changes Dramatically

HuffingtonPost.com | Janell Ross | Posted 07.23.2012 | Latino Voices

The day before a class action civil rights lawsuit accusing Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his office of wide-scale civil rights violations we...

Past Presidents' Perspectives: George Washington and Immigration

Kendrick Nguyen | Posted 09.04.2012 | Politics
Kendrick Nguyen

Washington was correct in recognizing that the United States would soon become a melting pot. He might not have foreseen how quickly the country would evolve multi-culturally and multi-racially, nor approved of it, but he apparently understood that the "intermixture" was inevitable.

Obama Celebrates Fourth Of July At White House

AP | Posted 07.04.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama will be celebrating the nation's 236th birthday Wednesday at the White House. The president returns from Camp Da...

A Day to Dream

Sec. Hilda Solis | Posted 09.02.2012 | Latino Voices
Sec. Hilda Solis

The fact is, the face of the American labor force is changing, and we don't have anyone's talent to spare. As both the U.S. Secretary of Labor and the proud daughter of immigrants, I know that each time the American Dream comes true, our entire nation is the richer for it.

The Founders' Immigration Policy

Alex Nowrasteh | Posted 05.28.2012 | Latino Voices
Alex Nowrasteh

To truly reform immigration, we should look back to the nation's first immigration and naturalization laws, which are a far cry from restrictive laws in Arizona and Alabama.

As Mexican Migration Declines, A Report Predicts High Integration Levels For New Immigrants

Posted 11.15.2011 | Latino Voices

At a time when statistics suggest that fewer Mexicans are setting out on the perilous journey across the border, a new study projects that newer immig...

Treatment of Muslims Tarnished America's Reputation

Azadeh Shahshahani | Posted 11.13.2011 | Politics
Azadeh Shahshahani

Muslim-Americans, like all people in the United States, should have the right to due process of law and the right to express their religious beliefs free from discrimination.

Coffman: Obama Rushing Illegal Immigrants Onto Voter Rolls

Jason Salzman | Posted 11.02.2011 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Rep. Coffman accused the Obama administration of speeding up the citizenship process for illegal immigrants, so they can become citizens in time for the 2012 election. That's a serious accusation.

White House Nixes 'Colbert Report' Naturalization Ceremony

The Wrap | Posted 08.23.2011 | Politics

Proving that Stephen Colbert makes people at the highest levels of government a little nervous, the White House has nixed a plan by "The Colbert Repor...

Celebrating the Fourth of July With Our Troops in Iraq

Dr. Jill Biden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dr. Jill Biden

My husband Joe and I flew to Iraq to celebrate the Fourth of July with our troops. I can't think of a better way to celebrate Independence Day than spending it with Americans who are bravely serving our country.

Recession Hits Immigrants Hard: Survey Finds Decline In Foreign-Born Residents For First Time In 40 Years

Wall Street Journal | CONOR DOUGHERTY and MIRIAM JORDAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The number of foreign-born residents of the U.S. declined for the first time since at least 1970, as a recession and tight labor market dented America...

A Failure of Citizenship and the Health Care Debacle

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

Voting should be seen as a privilege rather than as a consequence of where one is born. Voting should be a right earned rather than conferred by fate or the accident of citizenship.

Battle For The West: Latino Voters Remake the Electoral Map

Ryan Rivera | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Ryan Rivera

A study published earlier this month by the William C. Velasquez Institute looked at statewide polling data and determined that, if the election were...