Texas unions launch citizenship campaign

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Corpus Christi AFT President Nancy Vera speaks to media at the union’s news conference on the launch of the citizenship program.

Several of our Texas AFT locals took part in media events Monday promoting a new campaign to help legal immigrants obtain citizenship. We’ll let our affiliate–Texas AFL-CIO, which is sponsoring the program–outline why this effort is important.

The Texas AFL-CIO, along with affiliates and allied organizations, is proud to announce the Texas AFL-CIO Citizenship Campaign, aimed at helping eligible permanent residents with their naturalization application and the important rights that follow.

Labor organizations in Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, and Corpus Christi are joining Austin in offering free union-led informational sessions, trainings and clinics in conjunction with our legal counsel partners, to help union members and their families to apply to become U.S. Citizens. Eligible applicants will learn about the requirements, process and USCIS cost. In addition, applicants will receive assistance from immigration attorneys and supervised volunteers in completing their application.

“Approximately 1.1 million Texans – many of them working people – are eligible to apply for citizenship today,” said Texas AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Montserrat Garibay, who is overseeing the state federation’s participation. “That’s the second largest such number in the U.S.”

“Today marks the 231st anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution, a governing document that is at the heart of our ideals as a nation,” Garibay said. “The day is known as both Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, connecting government to the rights and duties of citizenship.

“The Citizenship Campaign is a key part of our ‘Fair Shot’ agenda that also includes comprehensive immigration reform.

“Naturalization allows people to vote, apply for federal jobs, receive full legal protections, earn higher wages and make investments that help make the economy stronger for all of us.”

The Texas AFL-CIO Citizenship Campaign website: www.texaslaborcitizenship.org

 

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