Bipartisan House Bill Would Encourage Citizenship

Communications Associate

July 23, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27) and Democratic Rep. Tony Cárdenas (CA-29) announced that they are introducing the New American Success Act of 2015.

This bipartisan bill proposes to streamline a national integration strategy to help immigrants eligible for citizenship become successful and contributing members of our society.

The bill would channel funding to provide lawful permanent residents (LPRs) with better access to English-language and civics programs and other support through the naturalization process, and create a grant program to reduce barriers to citizenship and establish “Integration Success Grants” to encourage integration partnerships among states, municipalities and nonprofits.

“We welcome this bipartisan support for new Americans,” said Mark Falzone, Deputy Director of the National Immigration Forum. “The New Americans Success Act will help foster new and innovative ways for lawful permanent residents to naturalize. This legislation encourages programs like New American Workforce, whose business partners are finding generous and creative ways to assist their eligible employees interested in becoming U.S. citizens.

“It is great to see Congress recognizing the benefits our communities and economy reap when we help immigrants earn the opportunity, skills and status they need to reach their fullest potential.”