C4C Celebrates Reaching 100 Cities & Counties Committed To Increasing Citizenship Access

The Cities for Citizenship (C4C) nonpartisan national initiative celebrates the milestone of 100 city and county partners. The initiative of cities and counties working to increase citizenship among eligible U.S. permanent residents and to encourage investment in citizenship and financial empowerment programs was co-founded by the National Partnership for New Americans, Citi as the founding corporate partner, and the Center for Popular Democracy in 2014. 

NPNA Applauds Immigrant Inclusion in American Rescue Plan

As Congress continues to consider legislation that would bring urgently needed relief to individuals and families throughout the country, the National Partnership for New Americans (NPNA) calls on lawmakers to prioritize the full inclusion of immigrants as a key pillar of policymaking in the 117th Congress and in future COVID relief efforts. The American Rescue Plan, approved by the Senate on Mar. 6, takes steps to advance the social and economic integration of immigrants into the fabric of American society, but regrettably, continues to exclude many immigrant families from relief. 

Senator Markey, Representative Meng, and NPNA Network Applaud Introduction of Immigration Reform Legislation with Inclusive Measures that Expand Access to Citizenship, Due Process, and Economic Opportunities

United States Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), U.S. Representative Grace Meng (D-N.Y.), and the National Partnership for New Americans (NPNA), a leading national coalition of 41 immigrant and refugee rights organizations, including the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA) and the New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC), applaud the inclusion of New Deal for New Americans Act provisions in President Joseph Biden’s U.S. Citizenship Act.

NPNA Applauds Reversal of Civics Test, Urges USCIS to Move on Backlog and Naturalize 2 Million by 2022

Today, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it was reversing a controversial civics test that the Trump administration put in place just weeks before it left office. The 2020 civics test was condemned by advocates as a ploy to keep citizenship out of reach for those with limited English proficiency, was criticized for being formulated with limited community and expert input, as well as for featuring inaccurate questions and answers. One such question indicated that members of Congress only represent citizens and not the entirety of their districts, including undocumented people or immigrants of other statuses.

NPNA Praises U.S. Citizenship Act & Urges Swift Action by Congress 

Today, Congresswoman Linda Sanchez (CA-38) and Senator Bob Menendez (NJ) introduced the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021, the immigration reform bill that the Biden-Harris administration announced on its first day in office. The landmark U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021 creates a path to citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants, including for those with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and Temporary Protected Status and agricultural workers, strengthens family immigration, addresses root causes of migration, expands access to asylum and refuge, and bolsters due process protections in immigration court. 

AILA, NALEO Educational Fund, and the National Partnership for New Americans Team Up for Virtual Citizenship Day Events

The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund, and the National Partnership for New Americans (NPNA) are proud to sponsor AILA Citizenship Day, taking place virtually on Saturday, February 20, 2021. In its 15th year, this event brings together attorneys, affiliates, law students, paralegals, interpreters, and members of the community who can help lawful permanent residents (LPRs) take the final steps toward naturalization to become U.S. citizens. Usually, this effort results in dozens of naturalization clinics in cities and towns across the country, and this year is no different, though the clinics will be virtual.