U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently partnered with a number of major cities including New York and Boston to promote citizenship by training librarians and city officials to help interested immigrants apply. Boston Public Library branches established “Citizenship Corners” to ensure easy access to preparation materials.
In September, the White House launched a multilingual public awareness campaign to encourage immigrants and refugees to sign up for citizenship and to build a volunteer support team by partnering with local communities.
“If you’re eligible, commit to becoming a citizen today,” President Barack Obama said in a video kicking off the campaign.
USCIS launched a Spanish Facebook page and a stand-alone Spanish blog in July in an effort to strengthen “its commitment to the Spanish-speaking community.” Aspiring citizens can find study sheets, flash cards and audio tools in Spanish at USCIS.gov to help them prepare for the 100-question civics test, which must be taken in English.
The agency told a Senate subcommittee in August its efforts to market citizenship to immigrants are part of the ongoing fight against homegrown terror. “In furtherance of DHS’s mission to safeguard the homeland, USCIS is committed to fostering integration and community cohesion,” the agency recently told the Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest in records obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation.
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