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NPNA, together with National Leaders, Demand Trump ‘Tear Down the Second Wall’ of Barriers to Citizenship and Announce “One Million Citizens by 2020” Campaign

WHAT: National press conference call to urge 1 million eligible legal permanent residents (LPRs) to apply for citizenship now and to condemn the bureaucratic obstruction of the naturalization process by the Trump Administration that prevents new Americans from fully participating in our democracy.

WHEN: 12 PM ET, Thursday, February 21, 2019

SECOND WALL CALL INFO: 646-828-8195 PASSCODE: 969325


  • Representative Zoe Lofgren, Chairwoman of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship
  • D. Taylor, President of UNITE HERE
  • Steve Choi, Co-Chair of NPNA Executive Board and Executive Director of New York Immigration Coalition (moderating) 
  • Charles Kamasaki, Senior Cabinet Advisor of UnidosUS
  • Nicole Melaku, Executive Director of Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition

The National Partnership for New Americans (NPNA) will hold a press conference call at 12 NOON ET Thursday, February 21 to encourage 1 million eligible lawful permanent residents (LPRs) to apply for citizenship and vote. There is growing urgency for aspiring citizens to apply for naturalization as soon as possible so they may register to vote in time for the 2020 elections, given the Trump Administration’s bureaucratic bottlenecks that obstruct and delay the naturalization process.

Speakers will share new data and outline the ways in which the Trump Administration is building a ‘Second Wall’ of barriers to citizenship that — through understaffed departments, new regulatory proposals, and proposed fee changes — will have a devastating impact on eligible residents who want to become citizens and vote,  especially the elderly and disabled, the working poor and racial, ethnic, and religious minorities.

During the call, advocates will explain how we will sign up 1 million eligible lawful permanent residents (LPRs) and assist them through the challenging naturalization process in time for the 2020 elections. 

For more information contact
Susana Flores (915) 525-2434