National Campaign Makes Wisconsin Stop
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 3/14/22
WHAT: National Partnership for New Americans (NPNA), in partnership with the Service Employment International Union (SEIU), Voces de la Frontera, the Hmong American Women’s Association and the City of Milwaukee welcome the “Naturalize 2 Million by 2022!” campaign to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The tour is part of a nationwide effort to encourage two million eligible permanent residents to obtain their citizenship by the end of 2022.
- Primitivo Torres, Voces de la Frontera
- Nancy Flores, NPNA
- Paul Vang, Hmong American Women’s Association (HAWA)
- Ramon Argandona, Naturalized citizen, SEIU Healthcare Wisconsin
- Rutilia Ornelas, naturalized citizen & graduate of Voces’ New Americans Program
WHEN: Tuesday, Mar. 15, at 10 a.m. CST
The National Partnership for New Americans (NPNA), in partnership with the Service Employment International Union (SEIU), Voces de la Frontera, Hmong American Women’s Association (HAWA) and the City of Milwaukee will hold a press conference on the “Naturalize 2 Million by 2022!” campaign in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Tuesday, Mar. 15, as part of a nationwide effort to encourage two million eligible permanent residents to obtain their citizenship by the end of 2022.
Nationwide, more than nine million immigrants are permanent residents who are potentially eligible for citizenship, and over 52,000 of them reside in Wisconsin. In a state where elections are won by small margins, every vote counts. The newly naturalized citizens are a powerful voting bloc that could significantly impact the outcome of the 2022 midterm elections.
This naturalization effort will build momentum for “New American Voters 2022,” a digital campaign that encourages millions of newly naturalized citizens to vote in the upcoming elections, which kicks off in the second quarter of the year.
As part of the “Naturalize 2 Million by 2022” campaign, NPNA has partnered with dozens of cities, counties, and over 50 immigrant and refugee advocacy organizations throughout the nation to educate and empower eligible permanent residents to become citizens. Part of the campaign’s efforts include helping eligible immigrants through the naturalization process and providing educational materials and resources to complete the U.S. citizenship test successfully. The campaign tour will travel to multiple cities, including Los Angeles, McAllen, Austin, San Antonio, Chicago, as well as additional cities in Maryland and New York.
Campaign advocates are uplifting the crucial protections and opportunities that naturalization provides. These benefits include protection from deportation, automatic citizenship when resident children of a naturalized parent turn 18, the ability to petition for family members to migrate, higher wages and greater economic opportunities, and the ability to vote in national, state, and local elections.
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