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For Immediate Release
Contact: Olga Quinones
September 27, 2006
(323) 286-9684



LOCAL LATINO LEADERSHIP COMES TOGETHER IN SUPPORT
OF NALEO EDUCATIONAL FUND CITIZENSHIP DAY EVENT
Goal is to encourage eligible Legal Permanent Residents Apply for U.S. Citizenship

Los Angeles, CA Today, Los Angeles City Councilmembers José Huizar, Jan Perry, Tony Cardenas, Ed Reyes, La Opinión, Univision KMEX-Ch34 and representatives from local community organizations join the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund in their efforts to promote this Saturday’s, September 30, “A Day of Citizenship” workshop at the Los Angeles Convention Center from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

The “Day of Citizenship” is among the largest citizenship assistance event ever coordinated in the City of Los Angeles and throughout the country. More than 400 volunteers will assist 2,000 eligible Legal Permanent Residents apply to become U.S. Citizens in a workshop model that the NALEO Educational Fund pioneered in 1987. This all-inclusive workshop will include attorney assistance, photographers, quality review, and the submission of N-400 applications to the Los Angeles processing office of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Participants will be charged a nominal fee of $30 to offset workshop expenses.

"For me personally, and for so many others, citizenship was the path to a better life, to a better education and to more opportunities to give back to the community," said José Huizar, Los Angeles Councilmember. "But, citizenship is even bigger than that: it is critical to the strength and health of our growing Latino community. Through citizenship, we gain the right to participate directly in the political process through the right to vote."

"Knowledge is power. By providing our legal, permanent residents with the tools they need to become U.S. Citizens, we are further empowering them to take the next step in civic participation, strengthening our communities, our city, and ultimately our nation in the process,"" said Councilwoman Jan Perry. "I applaud NALEO for taking the lead in this important effort."

“Becoming a U.S. citizen is the gateway to achieving the American dream,” said Javier Angulo, Director of Civic Education for the NALEO Educational Fund. “Assisting eligible legal permanent residents to obtain citizenship is a way to strengthen our democracy and continue our community’s commitment to this great nation,” concluded Angulo.

As part of NALEO’s Educational Fund “Summer of Citizenship” drive, elected officials and community leaders will be on hand this Saturday to assist individuals complete their applications. Individuals interested in applying for U.S. Citizenship must meet the following requirements:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age or older
  • Must be a Legal Permanent Resident (LPR) for at least 5 year, OR, if you are married to a U.S. citizen, you must have been an LPR for at least three years
  • Must have good moral character
  • Must have basic knowledge of U.S. Government and History
  • Bring a check or money order for $400.00 made out to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

The NALEO Educational Fund will also make available its national toll-free bilingual hotline to provide information and answer questions regarding naturalization, voter registration and voting. Individuals needing any type of information may call 1-888-Ve-Y-Vota. Callers can receive assistance in English or Spanish.

About the NALEO Educational Fund
The NALEO Educational Fund is the leading organization that empowers Latinos to participate fully in the American political process, from citizenship to public service.
The NALEO Educational Fund is a national non-profit, non-partisan organization whose constituency includes the more than 6,000 Latino elected and appointed officials nationwide.

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