White House Task Force on New Americans Releases Recommendations

Communications Associate

April 14, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the White House Task Force on New Americans released its plan to strengthen its integration efforts nationwide.

The Naturalization Working Group, which is made up of national and local organizations committed to helping legal permanent residents become American citizens, presented policy recommendations for the Task Force’s consideration in a February 9 letter. Many of their recommendations related to naturalization, workforce development and small businesses were adopted by the Task Force.

“The recommendations proposed by the Task Force on New Americans are a critical first step in moving our nation forward by making the naturalization process more accessible for the 8.7 million eligible legal permanent residents living here today,” stated Arturo Vargas, Executive Director of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund. “It is important that we continue to uphold our values as a nation by continuing to strive to provide new Americans with the opportunity to contribute fully to our nation’s rich civic and economic life.”

The National Immigration Forum and the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund are the co-coordinators of the Naturalization Working Group which works to eliminate barriers to naturalization.

“We are very pleased that the White House Task Force on New Americans has taken our recommendations into consideration,” said Jacinta Ma, Director of Policy and Advocacy at the National Immigration Forum. “This framework represents a significant step forward in making sure that our nation’s immigrants have the opportunity, skills and status they need to succeed. It’s a win-win for our communities, our economy and our country.”