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21 September 2012

USCIS Partners with City of Los Angeles to Create “Citizenship Corners”

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.
library reading areaThese “citizenship corners” are thanks to a partnership between USCIS and the City of Los Angeles. Highlights of this new initiative include:
  • Training for library personnel on the naturalization process and available USCIS resources;
  • Offering a list of non-profit groups providing naturalization assistance in the local community; and
  • Providing access to library community rooms for citizenship and English language classes.

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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.”

little girl wavingDuring 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.

For more information on USCIS and its programs, please visit www.uscis.gov or follow us on Twitter (@uscis), YouTube (/uscis) and the USCIS blog The Beacon. 

For more information on the City of Los Angeles, visit www.lacity.org. For a list of the city’s libraries, visit www.lapl.org.

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At October 2, 2012 at 10:31:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Gold said...

Congrats to all of those who became citizens, even the 1 year old (which means the child's parents are now also USA citizens by default?) What are the 17 countries the people came from, besides Mexico?

 

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