New Americans Success Act Introduced on Capitol Hill

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Bipartisan members of Congress, Tony Cárdenas (D-California) and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Florida), recently introduced the New Americans Success Act, which would allow the federal government to give grants to programs that help integrate immigrants and encourage civic participation.

This legislation is championed by Carnegie supported New Americans Campaign partners NALEO Educational Fund and the National Immigration Forum. The New Americans Success Act would allow the federal government, specifically United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, to accept private donations to fund civic integration programs. Grants would be given to state and city governments to offer English and civics classes and career development training to lawful permanent residents.

Nearly 9 million lawful permanent residents are eligible for citizenship but have not taken the next step to become U.S. citizens. Barriers to citizenship include poor English language skills and a lack of access to resources that would help enhance these skills. This legislation offers an opportunity to fund essential classes for aspiring new Americans. Learn more