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For Immediate Release
Contact: Javier Angulo (213) 747-7606
July 27, 2007
Evan Bacalao (213) 747-7606, ext. 116


Alliance of organizations join together to assist legal permanent residents beat the fee increase by filing their naturalization applications on or before the July 28 deadline.

Los Angeles, CA — Over a dozen organizations and volunteers will gather at the NALEO Educational Fund headquarters to undertake an ambitious effort to assist hundreds of eligible legal permanent residents apply for U.S. citizenship before the 69% fee increase takes effect on July 30, 2007.  Applicants must postmark their applications by July 28, 2007 to avoid paying the new $675 N-400 fee.   Hundreds of last minute applicants are expected to attend the workshop where volunteers will assist in completing the N-400 naturalization form. This effort represents a height in the ya es hora ¡Ciudadania! campaign.   Since the campaign’s launch in January 2007, filings for citizenship applications nationally have increased more than 65 percent for the first part of the year as compared to the same time period last year, and Los Angeles has seen an increase of 110 percent.

WHO: ya es hora Alliance members including: NALEO Educational Fund, Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Casa Nicaragua, Consejo de Federaciones Mexicanas (COFEM), Hispano America Immigration, Salvadoran American National Organization (SANA), Hermandad Mexicana Nacional, LA Voice Pico, Los Angeles City Collage, Orange County Education Center, Hispanas Organizad for Political Equality (HOPE), Mexican American Opportunity Foundation, Salvadorian American Leadership and Educational Fund (SALEF), United Farm Workers Foundation

WHERE: 1122 W. Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90015 (In the Pep-Boys Complex)

WHEN: Today, July 27, 2007 from 5:00 am to 7:00 am

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Ya es hora ¡Ciudadanía! is an unprecedented national year-long campaign coordinated by an alliance of national and local organizations and media partners across the United States to inform, educate and motivate eligible legal permanent residents to apply for U.S. citizenship.

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