Increasing Civic Participation through Citizenship

December 23, 2015

New Americans Opportunity FundU.S. citizenship is transformative for immigrants and communities. Not only does a naturalized citizen gain the right to vote, they also see an 8-11 percent increase in their income. They enjoy the freedom to travel abroad without restrictions, are protected from deportation and can become engaged members of their communities.

More than 755,000 immigrants in L.A. County are eligible to naturalize. Unfortunately, over the past eight years, the number of people applying for citizenship has continuously declined. Several barriers have kept many from applying, including increased fees, fear of the exam and lack of knowledge about the benefits and process.

CCF aims to enable immigrants to fully participate in the social, economic and civic life of L.A. County to add to our region’s strength and resilience. To achieve this, we are partnering with immigrant rights organizations, major Spanish-language media outlets and the City and County of Los Angeles on an unprecedented campaign. ¡Protégete!…¡Ciudadania Ya! (Protect Yourself! Citizenship Now!) launched on Nov. 10 and is providing information, workshops and other important resources for individuals to learn about citizenship and naturalize.

To support the New Americans Opportunity Fund in making citizenship a reality for hundreds of thousands of L.A. County residents, visit calfund.org/newamericans. Your donation will assist with application fees and other critical services.

This is part of a series of Giving Season posts to inspire generosity and positive change in Los Angeles County.

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