Los Angeles residents have a new resource to learn about citizenship and prepare for naturalization. Now each of the 73 locations of the Los Angeles Public Library have designated “citizenship corners” containing essential information for those looking to apply for citizenship or learn more about the benefits and responsibilites of being a citizen. These “citizenship corners” are thanks to a partnership between USCIS and the City of Los Angeles. Highlights of this new initiative include:
To announce the initiative, USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Los Angeles Chief City Librarian John Szabo and Los Angeles District Director Phyllis Coven held a press conference followed by a children’s citizenship ceremony at the Los Angeles Central Public Library on September 19.
“Today we take a further step to expand citizenship resources for immigrants in Los Angeles by providing information about the naturalization process in libraries,” said Mayorkas. “We are proud to yet again partner with Mayor Villaraigosa and the City of Los Angeles on this important initiative and to support immigrants on their journey to become American citizens.”
During the children’s citizenship ceremony, Director Mayorkas addressed a a group of 53 area children ranging from ages 1 to 18 years old, who later received certificates of citizenship. Celebrating their U.S. citizenship, the children and their parents proudly waved their American flags. These children hailed from 17 different countries and are now citizens of the United States of America.