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Why Every Black Activist Should Stand With Rasmea Odeh

Marc Lamont Hill | Posted 10.14.2015 | Black Voices
Marc Lamont Hill

Odeh's is an important story. A story of Palestine. A story of refugees, of military occupation and torture, of political imprisonment, of women's rights organizing, of freedom. But Odeh's must also be understood as a Black story. No one is free until everyone is free from oppression.

My Remarks to 85 New Americans

Ambassador Samantha Power | Posted 10.02.2015 | Politics
Ambassador Samantha Power

Holding onto where you come from should not hold you back from immersing yourself in your adopted nation and in your new, or in some cases, old communities. I've told you that America is richer for having you in it, but that means you must reach beyond the community that is familiar to you.

Asylum: What You Should Know Before Applying

Umar Akbar Ahmed | Posted 10.01.2015 | Politics
Umar Akbar Ahmed

The United States offers protections to individuals who have suffered persecution, or fear that they will suffer persecution, due to their race, religion, national origin, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group.

We're Helping Aspiring Americans Reach Financial Inclusion

National Council of La Raza | Posted 09.22.2015 | Latino Voices
National Council of La Raza

The snowballing expenses are virtually impossible for low-income legal permanent residents and families who may have multiple members applying to afford.

Why the Republicans Secretly Hate the Assimilation of Legal Immigrants

Robert Creamer | Posted 09.18.2015 | Politics
Robert Creamer

You'd think the "immigration without assimilation is an invasion" crowd would just love the push for legal permanent residents to become full fledged American citizens, but don't bet on it. That's because citizens can vote.

Celebrating Immigrants' Contributions this Citizenship Day and Constitution Week

León Rodríguez | Posted 09.16.2015 | Politics
León Rodríguez

Today, the United States has almost 9 million lawful residents who are eligible to apply for U.S. citizenship. I encourage each of them to step forward and complete their journey in becoming an American citizen. And I pledge that at each step of the way, USCIS will be there to help, expanding our ability to reach as many audiences and communities as possible.

Redefining Citizenship

Steven Choi | Posted 09.16.2015 | New York
Steven Choi

What can our nation do to welcome and encourage this "active citizenship" that has enriched the lives of so many Americans?

LA Ethnic Media Promote Citizenship in September

Elena Shore | Posted 09.08.2015 | Los Angeles
Elena Shore

Saul Montoya had his green card for 35 years before he decided to become a U.S. citizen. It was his wife Leticia, who is a U.S. citizen herself, who f...

On Being American

Nigel Hamilton | Posted 06.16.2015 | Media
Nigel Hamilton

I became an American on Nov. 4, 2010, at an elegant ceremony in Great Hall of Bullfinch's Faneuil Hall, Boston, beneath a vast painting of Daniel Webster debating the preservation of the Union with Robert Hayne of South Carolina.

Is Becoming American Really Such A Big Deal?

Ido Bendet-Taicher | Posted 06.05.2015 | Gay Voices
Ido Bendet-Taicher

When my daughter tells me that she is more American than I am because she was born here and I wasn't, I respond that I actually think the opposite is true - that because I made the choice to become American, I am more American then she is. I made the choice to leave my past behind and asked to become a U.S. citizen, while she was given citizenship at birth. I never planned to leave my past behind and I didn't have a childhood dream to become American, but yet, I did end up doing this, so, how did I get here?

Asian Immigrants Becoming US Citizens at High Rate

Elena Shore | Posted 06.02.2015 | World
Elena Shore

For the first time in decades, the number of immigrants coming to the United States from China and India outnumbers those coming from Mexico.

Multi-Layered Celebration at Ellis Island

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 05.22.2015 | New York
Megan Smolenyak

The event marked the completion of the Peopling of America Center, the formal post-Sandy re-opening, the bestowal of Family Heritage Awards to Diane von Furstenberg, Patti LuPone and Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and the naturalization of eight new American citizens. Following are a few highlights.

This Is Not Cricket but Migration Is a Part of Our Future

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 06.03.2015 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

In a documentary titled This Is Not Cricket, currently crowdfunding on Aflamnah, Italian director Jacopo de Bertoldi and British producer Suzy Gillett have paired up to tell the story of two boys -- one Italian, one Indian -- who form an unlikely friendship through an unusual sport.

The Gift of #ThrowbackThursday

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 06.01.2015 | Good News
Megan Smolenyak

One random #tbt post revealed a milestone moment to my sister, triggered a trip down memory lane and gave us anecdotes we had never heard about our mother.

'Citizen Gino' May Retire His Race and Gay Cards

Christopher Murray | Posted 11.04.2014 | 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 10.22.2014 | 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 | 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.