NIIC 2014 Registration NOW OPEN
We're at an historic crossroads around immigrant integration, and the National Immigrant Integration Conference 2014 (NIIC 2014) offers the best opportunity to come together and help define the future direction of immigrant inclusion and integration in America.
This year, NPNA is co-hosting NIIC 2014 with the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA), to be held in L.A. from December 14-16, 2014.
And registration is now open! Register today!
White House Convening on Immigrant and Refugee Integration
On July 17, nearly 200 immigrants, immigrant integration experts, and leaders of state and local governments from across the country gathered at the first ever White House Convening on Immigrant and Refugee Integration. NPNA and Welcoming America, with the White House, assembled this group to explore how the federal government can engage with communities on immigrant integration. Read more!
Obama's Inaction on Immigration Harms Families and Nation
On Saturday, September 6, the White House announced that President Obama would be delaying any executive action on administrative relief measures until after the November elections, breaking his June 30 promise to take action, where Congress had failed, by the end of the summer.
The following is a statement from Joshua Hoyt, Executive Director, National Partnership for New Americans:
"Our nation has a deep and rich immigrant history. America’s vitality—civic, economic, and social—is rooted in our ongoing commitment to welcoming and integrating newcomers, and to upholding equality and opportunity as fundamental American values. On Saturday President Obama delayed his promised relief for immigrant families, cowering before electoral pressures and turning his back on those families and on the nation itself. Read More!
Stand With Children, Stand with Families
The “not our kids, not our problem” rhetoric has gone too far. Right-wing, anti-immigrant organizers have grasped the recent news about unaccompanied children at the border as an opportunity to rally xenophobic vitriol. Washington has cowered to the pressure, reacting with detentions and deportations.
This is not the America we strive to be, and NPNA plans to stand with the children, their families, and resist the politics of hate. Read More!
Nation’s Mayors Vote for Citizenship
The U.S. Conference of Mayors voted overwhelmingly to pass a resolution urging USCIS and DHS to make policy changes that will increase the number of U.S. Citizens from the pool of eligible lawful permanent residents.
The resolution calls for minimizing the barriers to naturalization by lowering the citizenship fees - what NPNA has been advocating for since 2011. Read more!
Save the Date: National Immigrant Integration Conference 2014
The National Immigrant Integration Conference 2014 will be co-hosted by our friends at CHIRLA in Los Angeles from December 14-16. Mark your calendar today!
Bring your voice to NIIC 2014 and help us build toward fair and inclusive immigrant integration policies at the federal, state, and municipal levels.
Citizenship Day 2014 Highlights Growing
Partnership between NPNA and AFL-CIO
Citizenship Day 2014 marks another milestone in a campaign spearheaded by the AFL-CIO and NPNA to help eligible immigrant workers across the country become U.S. citizens. AFL-CIO locals will assist NPNA in putting on some of the 15 large-scale naturalization workshops on Saturday, April 26 which is Citizenship Day 2014, a national event sponsored by the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).
This budding partnership between a major union representing 12.5 million workers and a national organization advancing active citizenship involves education, capacity building, and unique pilot projects that greatly expand capacity to mobilize workers around engaged citizenship. This “Full Citizenship” campaign is launched as Congress debates a path to citizenship for the undocumented, and as immigrant rights groups prepare for the coming voter mobilization season.
Op-Ed: Scars from the Immigration Wars
To kick off 2014, The Chicago Tribune published an op-ed, “Scars from the Immigration Wars,” co-written by NPNA Executive Direcgtor Joshua Hoyt and Professor Manuel Pastor of the University of Southern California. The op-ed talked about the history of anti-immigrant and racial backlash in America and its lasting scars - and the challenges these present in our current political landscape:
“While last year did not bring the comprehensive immigration reform that advocates desired, one key feature of the political landscape has changed: the white-hot hatred of immigrants in years past has burnt out.”
U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Pérez stands with New Americans
The sixth annual National Immigrant Integration Conference was a huge success! Several powerful leaders joined over 600 immigrant integration practitioners to discuss strengthening immigrant rights and making America more inclusive, including U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Pérez. Pérez addressed NIIC 2013 on November 18th during a lively plenary on the Transformational Power of Reform.
Pérez serves as the nation’s 26th Secretary of Labor, and was sworn in on July 23, 2013. Previously, Pérez served as Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Justice and as Secretary of Maryland’s Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation. In 2002, he became the first Latino ever elected to the Montgomery County Council.
NYT Editorial Echoes Our Support For Lower Fees
A recent report commissioned by the Partnership, "Nurturing Naturalization: Could Lowering the Fee Help?", highlights the barrier that high citizenship application fees creates for promising New Americans. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and U.S. Congressman Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) echo this concern in a strong op-ed in today's New York Times, calling for a sensible fee structure that encourages citizenship by reducing the naturalization fee, which, they say, is “one of the biggest obstacles on that path."
"The fees to become a naturalized citizen have risen significantly over the last decade," said Emanuel and Gutierrez in the op-ed. "In 1999, a citizenship application cost $225. The near-tripling of the fee since then has led to a sharp drop in applications for naturalization."
Investment in Citizenship Will Strengthen Country, Assist Promising Americans Currently Being Priced Out
An investment in citizenship and reduction of naturalization fees will strengthen our democracy and will keep the United States economically competitive globally, a group of researchers and immigrant advocates said on a national media call today. A new report — "Nurturing Naturalization: Could Lowering the Fee Help?" — indicates that for working poor immigrants with less education and income, the $680 cost of applying for U.S. citizenship has become a major barrier to becoming Americans — especially for Mexican immigrants.
The "Nurturing Naturalization" report was conducted by the University of Southern California Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration (CSII) and commissioned by the National Partnership for New Americans (Partnership). Together with a report released last week by the Pew Hispanic Center (“The Path Not Taken”), the new report shows that the American dream of citizenship has become unaffordable for many immigrants to the U.S.