April 14, 2010 > Citizenship Day
Submitted By Gwendolyn Mitchell and Marina Hinestrosa
Santa Clara County's 21st Annual Citizenship and Immigrant Pride Day will take place on Saturday. April 17. The event celebrates immigrant contributions and achievements and provides legal, permanent residents with access to free legal assessment and useful information on the citizenship process.
Participants will learn the importance of being counted as fully-fledged citizens of the United States and the potential impacts of the Census and immigration reform. There will be free orientation in 14 languages and guidance for the Saving for Citizenship Program to considerably reduce the cost of citizenship by two thirds.
Last year, more than 1,000 people participated in the 20th Annual Citizenship and Immigrant Pride Day and more than 300 forms were completed. Over the years, the Santa Clara County Citizenship Collaborative and County efforts have assisted more than 120,000 individuals in their citizenship process.
Recent estimates suggest there are still approximately 150,000 residents eligible for naturalization in Santa Clara County but have not done so for various reasons. The mission of the Santa Clara County Citizenship Day is to encourage all eligible residents to naturalize. Census information will also be provided to ensure a complete count, as well as the latest information on immigration reform.
Santa Clara County Citizenship Collaborative members, including Services, Immigrant Rights and Education Network (SIREN); Center for Employment Training (CET) Immigration and Citizenship Program; Asian Law Alliance; Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County and Sacred Heart Community Service; Immigrant Relations and Integration Services (IRIS) of Santa Clara County; the U.S. Census Bureau; Government and elected officials; and immigrant advocates will be on hand to guide and advise.
Citizenship and Immigrant Pride Day
Saturday, April 17
8.45 a.m. - 1.30 p.m.
Center for Employment Training (CET)
701 Vine Street, San Jose
Rebekah Children's Services
290 IOOF Avenue, Gilroy
Santa Clara County Office of Human Relations