Through the National Partnership for New Americans, TIRRC launched on 2012 the Become a Citizen Now Program, were eligible residents got assistance with their naturalization by attending one of our Citizenship Assistance Workshops. These workshops could have never happened with the support of every partner from the National Partnership for New Americans, Justice of Our Neighbors of Tennessee, the attorneys and Citizenship Coaches that volunteered for those days. Now this New Americans can share their story about how they are closer on fulfilling their American dream: Thank you!
On Flag Day 2012, TIRRC and all members of the National Partnership for New Americans launches New American Stories, an online series of images and stories highlighting some of the people our Become a Citizen Now program has helped naturalize and turn into active and engaged U.S. citizens.
Check out the stories of these New Americans that will soon adopt the American flag as their own:
Celina moved to the U.S. from Jalisco, Mexico 18 years ago in order to find better opportunities herself and her family. Becoming a permanent resident was a difficult process and took thousands of dollars, and now, with the encouragement of her son, she is ready to fulfull her dream of becoming a citizen so that she can have more opportunities and can vote in the next elections. Mrs. Alvarez says that the naturalization process is “very difficult, and it’s not easy to get help.” Seizing the opportunity to receive free help, she attended TIRRC’s Become a Citizen Now workshop and is excited to move forward in the citizenship process. To watch Celina Alvarez story featured on the Tennessean and USA today, please click here.
Amalia fell in love and moved to the United States to become a permanent resident. Amalia was the first one in line at our April 1st workshop, and was, therefore, the first community member who received this service. Amalia, a hard working woman and mother of an 8- year-old boy, is ready to become a citizen in order to fully participate in the civic life of the United States. Amalia found out about TIRRC´s Become a Citizen Now Program and couldn’t miss the opportunity to get assistance in completing all the paperwork necessary for her naturalization.
Sara is one of the community members from Saint Philip Catholic Church that benefited from the Become a Citizen Now Assistance Workshop last April 1st. Although she was missing some of the information necessary to apply on April 1st, she came to the next workshop on May 19th with all the necessary information, ready to apply. After 40 years of being a permanent resident, she was finally able to apply for citizenship with a little bit of help from TIRRC´s Become a Citizen Now Program. Mrs. Garcia is thankful to all the volunteers that assisted her not only with her naturalization paper work but also with submitting a fee waiver that will help with the naturalization application cost.
Cirilo emigrated from Mexico in the mid 80s looking for ways to help support his elder parents and looking for a better life. He has been a a resident of the United States since 1987. Cirilo decided to become a citizen greatly moved by his children. They are all Americans and he wants to be an American too. “Being an American will also open the doors to more opportunities” and will enable him to find a better life for his american children. He heard on the radio station the announcement about the TIRRC’s Become a Citizen Now Program and going through some recent economical difficulties could not let this opportunity pass to get free assistance with his naturalization process and with the fee waiver request. Cirilo is ready to become a citizen and to become an active participant in the democracy system.
To know more stories of New Americans all across the nation click here.