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Clases de inglés en Apopka: Oficina abierta para inscripciones

Unete a nuestro programa de innovaciones en inglés que usa tecnología para enseñar inglés de una manera divertida.

Cada participante usará una tablet conectada a internet para usar practicar inglés mientras aprenden a usar Skype, Facebook, correo electrónico, etc.

Ven a inscribirte en nuestra oficina abierta el miércoles 26 de agosto en la sede de la Asociación Campesina en Apopka (1264 Apopka Blvd, Apopka, FL)

Si no puedes venir a inscribirte, llama al (407) 886-5151 o inscríbete online acá: http://goo.gl/forms/0FdJWqbwW6

Las clases duran 10 semanas y serán en la oficina de la Asociación Campesina en Apopka.

I urge you to volunteer your time

Guest post by Florida New Americans volunteer Stacy Dupre.

stacy-dupre-volunteer-fna-clinic-april-2013My name is Stacy.  I recently volunteered at a citizenship clinic with Florida New Americans.  It was my first time ever volunteering and I must say it was an amazing experience.

The atmosphere was welcoming and my co-volunteers were inviting, helpful and very friendly. They made me feel welcome.  I am of a shy nature and would not think about speaking in a crowd, but when I volunteered I felt so comfortable that I was able to speak to an audience.

This experience has been a healthy and rewarding part of my life, and I loved the experience so much that I will continue to volunteer.  This is a good way to become more sociable, learn new and interesting things, meet different people and most of all help others.  My first experience as a volunteer for the clinic will be a lasting memory.


So I urge individuals: volunteer your time.  It is worth it and you do feel good at the end of the day knowing you made a difference in someone’s life.

And bring a friend along, be the one to pass on sure a privilege to them.  Trust me, there will be no regrets volunteering.

To register as a volunteer or client for the upcoming Citizenship Mega Workshop, click here.  Share with your friends, too!

New American helps future new Americans: an FNA guest post

Guest blog post for Florida New Americans by Renata Castro.

Renata Castro and FLIC

I don’t know if it was the fever from the flu that was about to take over me, or my sheer excitement of being part of something greater, but as a law student at Nova Southeastern University’s Shepard Broad School of Law, and as a board member of the Immigration Law Organization at NSU Law, I was truly humbled by this amazing opportunity to volunteer at one of FLIC’s Citizenship drives.

When you become a law student, the process of studying law and memorizing an inhuman amount of rules, laws, and codes, can make you jaded about the profession and challenge your conviction on how much you can really help with a law degree.

Renata and Isabel, FNA volunteers


As a participant in FLIC’s citizenship clinic, I got “feverish” (I could not resist the take on words) about the positive impact a passionate and qualified immigration lawyer can have in their community. I felt honored as many individuals sat in front on me, and trusted me with their questions, and with their lives.

More humbling was the fact that they trusted me, my almost done legal training, our supervising attorneys, and the staff at FLIC, with being a part of each individual’s American Dream.  I should know. A little over two years ago, I became a US citizen myself.  It was a life-changing turning point in my life, and I couldn’t help feeling ecstatic about sharing the beginning of this moment with others.

FNA with State Representative Gwyn Clarke-ReedI also got the chance to meet with other community leaders, such as State Representative Gwyn Clarke-Reed, and the president of the Brazilian American Democratic Club, Isabel dos Santos, as well as the amazing staff at FLIC, Amber, Diana, Krystina.

I am looking forward to being a volunteer in the upcoming citizenship clinic on April 20th, and, hopefully, my fever this time will only be for the immigration cause!

Next Step in Their Journey: a guest blog post by our Citizenship Intern!

Guest post by FLIC intern Derek Centola
University of Miami Senior Political Science and International Studies Double Major
FNA Yard SignAnticipation, excitement, and the early morning smell of coffee filled the air of the FIU College of Law the morning of January 26th as a team of eager Florida New Americans volunteers, community organizers, and attorneys gathered to assist the waves of South Florida area Legal Permanent Residents on their path to citizenship.
It truly was a great start to 2013 as FLIC continued its citizenship program into its second year of existence. The clinic, a co-sponsorship between FLIC, FIU, and the Univision 23 television station, was a huge success with service to several clients who completed their paperwork, met one-on-one with immigration attorneys, and were prepared to move on to the next step in their journey toward naturalization.
FL Dream at FIU LawIn addition to helping clients with citizenship requirements, the January clinic was 2013’s first opportunity to work with the FL Dream campaign. Low-income undocumented youth clientele were assisted with applications for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). We at FLIC look forward to incorporating this service at future clinics with the help of the other FL Dream campaign organizations SWER, Pico Florida, FIU, and Americans for Immigrant Justice.
Moving into February, we are looking forward to our second clinic of the year. This month we will be up in Deerfield Beach at Microcamp, 833 W. Sample Road, from 11am – 3pm on February 23rd. All attendees will receive assistance with filling out the proper US Citizenship and Immigration Service forms, meet one-on-one with a pro-bono attorney to discuss each specific situation, and receive further guidance on becoming a citizen.
Can’t make it out in February? No big deal. We have already scheduled our March Citizenship Clinics!  Saturday, March 9th from 11am – 3pm we will be at the American Muslim Community Center at 811 Wilma Street, Longwood, FL 32750.  Saturday,  March 16th from 11am – 3pm we will be at Rollins College at Mills Building, 1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park, FL 32789.

What you can do right now:

FNA Volunteer Latoya at FIU Law

To apply for citizenship, check out our Florida New Americans website to know if you qualify, what documents you need to bring, and to schedule an appointment.
To apply for DACA, check out our FL Dream website to know if you qualify what documents you need to bring, and to schedule an appointment.
To volunteer at any clinic contact Amber Chaudhry at (305)-571-7254 or amber@floridaimmigrant.org.

Nation’s Mayors promote Citizenship

Nation’s Mayors Call for National “New Americans Initiative” To Assist 8 Million Immigrants Become U.S. Citizens

City of North Miami and the Florida Immigrant Coalition lead efforts in South Florida

At its 80th Annual Meeting in Orlando, FL, the U.S. Conference of Mayors passed the New Americans Initiative Resolution to promote U.S. Citizenship at the federal, state, municipal and community level sponsored by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and co-sponsored by North Miami Mayor, Andre Pierre, among others.

The Resolution urges Mayors to create municipal initiatives that actively promote the value of U.S. citizenship and to assist immigrants with their naturalization applications. It also calls on the Federal Government to create a national “New Americans Initiative” to promote U.S. citizenship, and to reduce the barriers to naturalization, including cost (see fact sheet). Mayors also urged Congress to change its current requirement that all USCIS services, including U.S. citizenship, be funded fully from fees and to provide federal resources to support the costs of naturalization and promote U.S. citizenship.

There are currently over 8 million legal permanent residents (LPRs) in the United States who are eligible to apply for U.S. citizenship. Florida is the fourth state in the country with the largest population of eligible green card holders, with a total of 710,000. However, only 619,000 (7.7%) applied for naturalization throughout the country in 2010 (see fact sheet).

For that reason, the Florida Immigrant Coalition launched earlier this year its program Florida New Americans, assisting immigrants in South Florida to naturalize. This effort is part of The National Partnership for New Americans which, through its “Become A Citizen Now” campaign, has assisted 5,880 immigrants and their children to become U.S. citizens across the country in the first five months of 2012.

This project helps us fulfill our goal of ensuring that immigrants in Florida are fully integrated in society, have opportunities to protect their rights and make their voices heard,” says Maria Rodriguez, Executive Director for the Florida Immigrant Coalition. FLIC collaborated with the City of North Miami and the Haitian Lawyers Association to organize a successful citizenship clinic in the month of May. “We are very proud of having the opportunity to work with the City of North Miami and we congratulate Mayor Pierre for taking leadership in this initiative that will advance the rights of Haitian and Latino immigrants in South Florida by helping them become active citizens.”

Other members of the National Partnership are creating opportunities for cities to support citizenship, such as OneAmerica of Washington State, which helped create the City of Seattle’s Office for Immigrant and Refugee Affairs last year. The new office will promote a citywide culture that understands and values the benefits that all members of our society receive when immigrants and refugee communities are successfully integrated into our civic, economic, and cultural life.

Earlier this month, Chicago Mayor Emanuel (himself the son and grandson of immigrants) announced the Chicago New Americans Initiative with USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas, while hosting the first ever citizenship swearing in ceremony in City Council Chambers. The Chicago New Americans Initiative brings together the State of Illinois and City of Chicago in partnership with the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) to offer assistance to thousands of eligible, law abiding, permanent residents in becoming naturalized, U.S. citizens.

“New citizens mean new economic growth and a shared commitment to our Democracy,” said Eva Millona, Co-chair of the Partnership and Executive Director of the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA). “An investment in immigrant integration pays dividends not just for immigrants and their families, but for our nation as a whole.”

Alcaldes de la nación promueven ciudadanía

Alcaldes de la Nación Aprueban Resolución: “Iniciativa de Nuevos Americanos” para ayudar a 8 millones de inmigrantes a convertirse en ciudadanos estadounidenses

Ciudad de North Miami y Coalición de Inmigrantes de la Florida lideran esfuerzos en el sur de Florida

En su 80ª Reunión Anual en Orlando, FL, la Conferencia de Alcaldes de EE.UU. aprobó la Resolución “Iniciativa de nuevos americanos para promover los procesos denaturalización a nivel federal, estatal, municipal y comunitario“, patrocinada por el alcalde de Chicago, Rahm Emanuel, y co-patrocinada por el Alcalde de North Miami, Andre Pierre, entre otros.

La Resolución insta a los alcaldes a crear iniciativas municipales que promuevan activamente el valor de la ciudadanía de EE.UU. y ayudar a los inmigrantes con sus solicitudes de naturalización. También pide al Gobierno federal crear una “Iniciativa para Nuevos Americanos” a nivel nacional para promover la ciudadanía estadounidense, y para reducir las barreras a la naturalización, incluido el valor (ver hoja informativa). Los alcaldes también instaron al Congreso a cambiar su requisito actual de que todos los servicios de USCIS, incluyendo la naturalización, se financien en su totalidad de las cuotas y, en cambio, se provean recursos federales para apoyar los costos de naturalización y promover la ciudadanía estadounidense.

Actualmente hay más de 8 millones de residentes permanentes legales (LPR) en los Estados Unidos que son elegibles para solicitar la ciudadanía estadounidense. La Florida es el cuarto estado del país con la mayor población de residentes elegibles, con un total de 710.000. Sin embargo, en el 2010 sólo 619.000 (7,7%) aplicaron para la naturalización en todo el país (ver hoja informativa).

Por esa razón, la Coalición de Inmigrantes de la Florida lanzó a principios de este año su programa “Nuevos Americanos de la Florida”, para ayudar a los inmigrantes en el sur de Florida a naturalizarse. Este esfuerzo es parte de la Alianza Nacional para Nuevos Americanos que, a través de su campaña “Hazte Cuidadano Ahora” ha ayudado a 5.880 inmigrantes y sus hijos en todo el país a convertirse en ciudadanos estadounidenses durante el primer semestre del 2012.

Este proyecto nos ayuda a cumplir nuestra meta de asegurar que los inmigrantes en la Florida se integren plenamente a la sociedad, tengan la oportunidad de proteger sus derechos y puedan levantar su voz“, dice María Rodríguez, Directora Ejecutiva de la Coalición de Inmigrantes de la Florida. FLIC colaboró con la Ciudad de North Miami y la Asociación Hatiano-Americana de Abogados para celebrar una exitosa clínica de ciudadanía en el pasado mes de mayo. “Estamos muy orgullosos de tener la oportunidad de trabajar con la Ciudad de North Miami y felicitamos al alcalde Pierre por su liderazgo en esta iniciativa que promueve los derechos de los inmigrantes haitianos y latinos en el sur de la Florida, ayudándoles a convertirse en ciudadanos activos“.

Otros miembros de la Alianza Nacional también están creando oportunidades para que las ciudades apoyen la ciudadanía, como OneAmerica en el estado de Washington, quienes ayudaron a crear la Oficina de Asuntos de Inmigrantes y Refugiados en la ciudad de Seattle el año pasado. La nueva oficina promoverá una cultura local que entiende y valora que cuando los inmigrantes y las comunidades de refugiados se integran con éxito en la vida cívica, económica y cultural, toda la sociedad se beneficia.

A principios de este mes, el alcalde de Chicago, Rahm Emanuel (hijo y nieto de inmigrantes) anunció la Iniciativa de Nuevos Americanos de Chicago con el director de USCIS, Alejandro Mayorkas. Esta Iniciativa une al Estado de Illinois y la ciudad de Chicago en colaboración con la Coalición de Illinois por los Derechos de Inmigrantes y Refugiados (ICIRR) con el fin de ofrecer asistencia a los miles de residentes legales permanentes elegibles para que puedan convertirse en ciudadanos estadounidenses.

Los nuevos ciudadanos traen nuevo crecimiento económico y comparten el compromiso con nuestra democracia“, dijo Eva Millona, Co-presidente de la Alianza y Directora Ejecutiva de la Coalición de Massachusetts para la defensa de los inmigrantes y refugiados (MIRA).“Una inversión en la integración de los inmigrantes paga dividendos no sólo para los inmigrantes y sus familias, sino para toda nuestra nación.