Our partners, including AFL-CIO, the National Association of Latino Elected Officials (NALEO), the National Federation of Credit Development Unions, Welcoming America, and 32 BJ SEIU, play a critical role in Cities for Citizenship, providing much needed resources and support to legal permanent residents across the country seeking citizenship and other services. Cities for Citizenship partners, organizations with strong roots in immigrant communities, serve as the bridge helping to connect immigrant communities with municipal governments.
NALEO Educational Fund stands at the forefront of efforts to ensure that naturalization is accessible to and affordable for our nation’s newcomers. Our policy priorities include reducing the barriers to U.S. citizenship, including the high cost of the U.S. citizenship application process. In addition, we advocate for more equitable English and civics naturalization requirements for older legal permanent residents, and the fair administration of the naturalization exam.
NALEO Educational Fund also works to promote improvements in the customer service provided by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), including the greater availability of voter registration opportunities for the newly naturalized. We also believe that the United States must significantly strengthen its policies to support the integration of newcomers, and ensure that they acquire the skills they need to participate fully in our nation’s civic and economic life.
Naturalization is a critical step for our nation’s newcomers on their path toward becoming full participants in America’s civic life. According to estimates prepared by the Department of Homeland Security, there are about 8.8 million legal permanent residents eligible for U.S. citizenship nationwide who have not yet initiated the naturalization process. Of those, at least 3.9 million – or nearly half (45%) – are Latino.
The mission of the National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions is to help low- and moderate-income people and communities achieve financial independence through credit unions. The Federation achieves its mission through:
The Federation develops and delivers innovative products focused on low and moderate-income consumers, fosters strategic partnerships, identifies best practices and lessons for serving underserved communities, and provides education and training to CDCU leaders.
The Federation builds CDCUs’ capacity to serve low-income communities through technical assistance, webinars, practical tools and guides, and customized consulting services to support their growth and service to low-income communities.
The Federation’s Community Development Investment Program invests in member CDCUs to strengthen their financial position and expand their impact on the low-income communities they serve. Federation investments are designed to help CDCUs to offer innovative and responsible loan products and help consumers to protect and build assets.
The Federation advocates with government agencies, regulators and lawmakers for policies and programs that promote the safety and soundness of credit unions while allowing them to grow and promote the financial inclusion of low-income communities.
With more than 145,000 members, 32 BJ SEIU is the largest union of property service workers in the U.S.
32 BJ is united to raise standards at work and improve conditions in our communities so that one day “working poor” will be a contradiction in terms. 32 BJ is concentrated in the Northeast – in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Northern Virginia, and Washington, D.C. – but its reach extends to southern Florida and as far west as Montana.
32 BJ works primarily as cleaners, property maintenance workers, doormen, security officers, window cleaners, building engineers, and school and food service workers. But its ranks include railroad and factory workers as well.
32 BJ works for private employers, the public sector, and companies receiving government contracts. 32 BJ works in office, apartment, and government buildings; airports and shopping malls; public schools, colleges, and universities; stadiums, theaters, museums, and country clubs.
32 BJ is an affiliate of SEIU, the Service Employees International Union, which has 2.1 million members dedicated to raising industry standards, making life better for working families and our communities, and building a fair economy.
Welcoming America’s national membership program offers tools, resources, and a national network to help nonprofit and government partners transform their communities into more welcoming places. Participating members connect with their peers to share good ideas, and receive recognition for their efforts to create more welcoming communities that improve the quality of life and economic potential for all residents.
Welcoming America inspires people to build a different kind of community– one that embraces immigrants and fosters opportunity for all.
We are leading a movement of inclusive communities across the nation becoming more prosperous by making everyone who lives there feel like they belong. We connect a broad network of nonprofits and local governments and support them in developing plans, programs and policies that transform their communities into vibrant places where people respect each other and everyone’s talents are valued and cultivated.