Sending Office: Honorable Jimmy Gomez
Sent By:
Diana.Rios@mail.house.gov

        Request for Signature(s)

Support Citizenship and Immigrant Integration

CLOSING: Tomorrow, March 14

Endorsed: Asian Americans Advancing Justice-AAJC

Current Signers: Judy Chu, André Carson, Sheila Jackson Lee, Luis V. Gutiérrez, Salud O. Carbajal, Joaquin Castro, Adriano Espaillat, Raja Krishnamoorthi, Al Green, Jim Costa, Juan Vargas, Mark Takano

 

Dear Colleague,

I urge you to join me in supporting citizenship education and immigrant integration in communities across the country by signing onto the below letter to the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee.

Our success as a nation of immigrants is rooted in our ongoing commitment to welcome and integrate immigrants into the fabric of our country. It is important that we encourage eligible immigrants to take an important step in their American journey and commit
to citizenship.

Since it began in 2009, the USCIS Citizenship and Integration Grant Program (CIGP) has awarded a total of $73 million through 353 competitive grants to immigrant-serving organizations in 37 states and
the District of Columbia. Now in its ninth year, the program has helped more than 190,000 Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs) prepare for citizenship.

I encourage you to support the effort to maintain funding at $10 million for the Citizenship and Integration Grant Program (CIGP).

For additional information or to sign on to this letter, please contact Diana Rios on my staff at diana.rios@mail.house.gov or 6-3170. The deadline to sign on to this letter is March 14, 2018.

 

Sincerely,

 

JIMMY GOMEZ

Member of Congress

 

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March 16, 2018

The Honorable John Carter

Chairman

Subcommittee on Homeland Security

Committee on Appropriations

20006 Rayburn House Office Building                                  

U.S. House of Representatives

Washington, D.C. 20515

The Honorable Lucille Roybal-Allard

Ranking Member

Subcommittee on Homeland Security

Committee on Appropriations

2083 Rayburn House Office Building                                     

U.S. House of Representatives

Washington, D.C. 20515

 

Dear Chairman Carter and Ranking Member Roybal-Allard:

 

As you prepare the Homeland Security appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19), we urge you to support citizenship education and immigrant integration in communities across the country.

We respectfully request that you maintain funding at $10 million for the Citizenship and Integration Grant Program (CIGP).

According to the most recent estimates, there are approximately 13.3 million Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs) living in the United States, and 8.8 million of them are eligible to apply for citizenship. Nearly one out of every three eligible individuals
obtained LPR status in 1990 or earlier, meaning that many have been part of our communities for decades. But they don’t yet enjoy all of the rights, benefits, and responsibilities that come with being a full American citizen.

Since it began in 2009, the USCIS Citizenship and Integration Grant Program (CIGP) has awarded a total of $73 million through 353 competitive grants to immigrant-serving organizations in 37 states and the District of Columbia. Now in its ninth year, the
program has helped more than 190,000 LPRs prepare for citizenship.

Our success as a nation of immigrants is rooted in our ongoing commitment to welcome and integrate immigrants into the fabric of our country. It is important that we encourage eligible immigrants to take an important step in their American journey and commit
to citizenship.

Once again, we respectfully request that you maintain funding at $10 million for the Citizenship and Integration Grant Program (CIGP). We are a stronger nation when immigrants are able to set down roots, harness their skills, contribute to our economy, and
commit to citizenship.

Thank you for your attention and consideration of this request. Should you have any questions, please contact Diana Rios in my office at diana.rios@mail.house.gov.

 

Sincerely,

 

JIMMY GOMEZ

Member of Congress

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