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Naturalization Will Bring Billions into Cities’ Economies

On Citizenship Day 2014, NPNA, the Center for Popular Democracy, and the Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration (CSII) released a report titled Citizenship: A Wise Investment for Cities on the civic, economic, and social benefits of naturalization in American cities. The report coincides with events in the Cities of New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles announcing their mayors’ collaboration on a national immigrant naturalization effort called Cities for Citizenship. Read more!

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Michael Howard Saul, Push for Immigrants to Become Citizens, Wall St. Journal, September 17, 2014

Chicago Mayor Emanuel, Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti, New York City Mayor de Blasio and Citi Launch Cities for Citizenship, MarketWatch, September 17, 2014

Jennifer G. Hickey, Big-city Mayors, Seeing Gain, Push Citizenship for Immigrants, Newsmax, September 17, 2014

John Byrne, Chicago part of U.S. citizenship push for legal immigrants, Chicago Tribune, September 17, 2014

Cities push for citizenship, confirmation hearing for new ICE chief, immigration and tight Senate races, 89.3 KPCC, September 17, 2014

Jamie Reyes, Ciudades invierten para que más inmigrantes se hagan ciudadanos, Vivelo Hoy, September 17, 2014

Cristian DeMarco, Ayuda para la ciudadanía en Nueva York, Telemundo, September 17, 2014

Chicago Mayor Emanuel, Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti, New York City Mayor de Blasio and Citi Launch Cities for Citizenship, Park Forest ENews, September 17, 2014

Ivan Pereira, De Blasio, Chicago, L.A. mayors form initiative to help immigrants, AM New York, September 17, 2014

Michael Oleaga, Citizenship and Immigration Services to Naturalize Over 27,000 New Citizens, Latin Post, September 17, 2014

Local community organizer takes over National Partnership for New Americans, Sun Times, December 18,2013

Más de 600 líderes se reúnen para hablar de inmigración y piden parar las deportaciones, Univision, November 18, 2013

Miami's Top Five: What you need to know Monday(AP), Miami Herald, November 18, 2013

Henry Cisneros cree que habrá reforma migratoria en 2014, La Opinion, November 18, 2013

Conferencia reunirá a 600 líderes para definir integración de inmigrantes, EFE, November 8, 2013

Hundreds of immigrant advocates gather in Miami(AP), Bloomberg Businessweek, November 18, 2013

Rahm Emmanuel and Luis V. Gutierrez, Priced Out of Citizenship, The New York Times, April 3, 2013

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