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MFV Hosts Nationwide Citizenship Workshops in Honor of Mother’s Day

05.10.2019

For Immediate Release
Contact: Karina Martinez at 858/752-1262 karinam@mifamiliavota.org

   

MFV Hosts Nationwide Citizenship Workshops in Honor of Mother’s Day

Regálale la Ciudadanía a Tu Mamácampaign in full swing

 

Mi Familia Vota is building on its citizenship efforts with Regálale la Ciudadanía a Tu Mamá,” a Mother’s Day naturalization campaign that encourages immigrant families to give the gift of citizenship. Latino communities and Latino culture, in which mothers are particularly extolled, have been widely attacked during this administration. Through this campaign, MFV aims to activate our community to begin the citizenship process and naturalize as soon as possible; so that they can enjoy the full benefits and protections of becoming a citizen, including the right to vote. Close to nine million lawful permanent residents (LPRs) are currently eligible to file for citizenship. Mi Familia Vota will host workshops across the country.

Navigating the multi-step immigration system is difficult and the Trump administration is proposing changes that further complicate the citizenship process and make naturalization more burdensome for applicants, creating a “second wall” in an attempt to prevent immigrants from enjoying the full rights of Americans. Most recently, the administration announced that receipt of public benefits will no longer qualify as a way to prove the need for a fee waiver, which will make naturalization cost prohibitive for thousands of aspiring Americans. The new rule has not gone into effect but is expected to be adopted within weeks. Additionally, processing delays have increased over the last year to record-level highs creating a backlog of over 750,000 applications and fueling the need for a streamlined citizenship process. It is imperative that LPRs who are eligible to naturalize start now.

As MFV engages in election activity and advocacy work across the country, we’re calling on Congress to help improve the citizenship process and to create more pathways to citizenship for those who do not yet have the opportunity. Our vision for unity and inclusion is embedded in our citizenship efforts and will be continued into the 2020 elections.

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Mi Familia Vota is a national civic engagement organization that unites Latino, immigrant, and allied communities to promote social and economic justice through citizenship workshops, voter registration, and voter participation. Mi Familia Vota has operations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Nevada, and Texas.