The City University of New York and the New York Daily News will hold a Citizenship Application Assistance and Immigration Fair on Saturday, June 30, at John Jay College. At the event, lawful permanent residents will receive personal, hands-on assistance with their U.S. citizen applications while immigrants, regardless of their status, can connect with health, financial and educational officials regarding services they may be eligible to receive.
At this year’s event, which continues the 16-year partnership between CUNY and the Daily News, staff and volunteers will be available for one-on-one consultations to confirm if green card holders are eligible for citizenship or if they qualify for a fee waiver. Permanent residents, who want to become citizens in time to vote in the 2020 election, will be encouraged to process naturalization applications now.
Last year, Rosa Campos, a Nicaraguan-born immigrant, came to the event and walked out with her application complete and ready to send to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigrations Services (USCIS). This year, the event aims to help 600 participants, such as Rosa, who is to be sworn in as a U.S. citizen this spring. “I am going to have the right to vote, and above all, to choose our leaders and to give my opinion on politics and immigration issues,” she said.
“CUNY has been educating New York’s immigrants since its founding in 1847. As part of the University’s historic mission to open the doors of opportunity to all, we are proud to provide valuable legal services to help New Yorkers on the path to U.S. citizenship,” said William C. Thompson Jr., chairperson of the CUNY Board of Trustees.
“CUNY has established itself as a national leader in providing legal assistance and other support and services to immigrants, and the University takes great pride in those efforts,” said CUNY Interim Chancellor Vita Rabinowitz.” CUNY Citizenship Now! is the largest university-based legal assistance service in the nation, and through our initiatives – co-sponsored with the Daily News – we have provided assistance to many thousands of immigrants pursuing educational, economic and other opportunities in this country.”
Jim Rich, editor-in-chief of the Daily News, said: “We are pleased to partner again with CUNY to ensure that those seeking U.S. citizenship have the legal help they need. Immigrants remain the lifeblood of New York, and New York’s hometown paper remains their advocate.”
Rafael Toro, director of public relations of Goya Foods, said: “We are always proud to support the positive contributions of immigrants and all those who have come to the United States for a better life, just like Goya’s founder did more than 80 years ago. We take great pride in our history and will continue to support programs like CUNY Citizenship Now, that help our immigrant communities thrive and achieve the American Dream.”
“Green card holders are seeking U.S. citizenship at an increasing rate. CUNY and the Daily News are here to help with free, high-quality legal assistance,” said Allan Wernick, the director or CUNY Citizenship Now! and a Daily News immigration law columnist.
To register for the citizenship application portion of the event, permanent residents should call 646-664-9400 to find out about the documents to bring. Registration is not needed to participate in the immigration resource fair.
The Citizenship Application Assistance and Immigration Fair on Saturday, June 30 at John Jay College from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Green card holders can register, beginning June 7. Registration is not required to attend the immigration resource fair.
WXTV Univision 41, our Spanish-language media partner, will provide extensive outreach to the Hispanic community. Univision 41 has been a partner of the program since its inception. WABC-TV will once again serve as our English-language media partner. Both stations’ coverage will include live coverage, on-air promotional announcements and special news segments.
This year’s generous sponsors include: the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), N.Y. Chapter; Bloomberg Philanthropies; Capalino+Company; Casa Puebla, Consulate General of Mexico in N.Y.; CUNY Service Corps; the CUNY School of Professional Studies; CUNY TV, Dominicanos USA; Fragomen Worldwide; Goya Foods; I Am An Immigrant; Immigrant Heritage Month; Immigrant Justice Corps; John Jay College for Criminal Justice; MIRA USA; NALEO Educational Fund; NYC Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA); the New York State Office for New Americans (ONA); New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC), The Legal Aid Society; The New Americans Campaign; The YMCA; Qué Buena 92.7 FM; Unimás Nueva York; WADO 1280 AM and X96.3.
About the Partners:
The City University of New York:
The City University of New York is the nation’s leading urban public university. Founded in 1847, CUNY counts 13 Nobel Prize and 23 MacArthur (“Genius”) grant winners among its alumni. CUNY students, alumni and faculty have garnered scores of other prestigious honors over the years in recognition of historic contributions to the advancement of the sciences, business, the arts and myriad other fields. The University comprises 24 institutions: 11 senior colleges, seven community colleges, William E. Macaulay Honors College at CUNY, CUNY Graduate Center, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, CUNY School of Law, CUNY School of Professional Studies and CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy. The University serves more than 275,000 degree-seeking students. CUNY offers online baccalaureate and master’s degrees through the School of Professional Studies. For more information, visit www.cuny.edu.
The New York Daily News:
With 2 million readers in New York, and 42 million national unique visitors online each month, the Daily News is the most widely read tabloid in the city and one of America’s fastest-growing web sites. Covering breaking news, politics, sports, entertainment, celebrity, lifestyle, opinion, business and health, the Daily News delivers up-to-the-minute reporting, rich photography and compelling video to readers of its print newspaper, industry-leading website, tablet apps, and iPhone, Blackberry and Android editions.
The Daily News has won 10 Pulitzer Prize Awards for excellence in journalism. In 2015, it was awarded seven New York State Associated Press Association awards and took the Associated Press Sports Editors awards’ “Triple Crown,” as well as first place in the Investigative category across all circulation categories. In addition to its news operations, the Daily News runs Daily News Digital Solutions and the Innovation Lab.
About the Media Partners:
Univision Communications Inc.
Univision Communications Inc. (UCI) is the leading media company serving Hispanic America. The Company, a chief content creator in the U.S., includes Univision Network, one of the top networks in the U.S. regardless of language and the most-watched Spanish-language broadcast television network in the country, available in approximately 88% of U.S. Hispanic television households; UniMás, a leading Spanish-language broadcast television network available in approximately 82% of U.S. Hispanic television households; Univision Cable Networks, including Galavisión, the most-watched U.S. Spanish-language entertainment cable network, as well as UDN (Univision Deportes Network), the most-watched U.S. Spanish-language sports cable network, Univision tlnovelas, a 24-hour Spanish-language cable network dedicated to telenovelas, ForoTV, a 24-hour Spanish-language cable network dedicated to international news, and an additional suite of cable offerings – De Película, De Película Clásico, Bandamax, Ritmoson and Telehit; an investment in El Rey Network, a general entertainment English-language cable network; Univision Local Media, which owns and/or operates 63 television stations and 58 radio stations in major U.S. Hispanic markets and Puerto Rico; Univision Now, a direct-to-consumer, on demand and live streaming subscription service; Univision.com, the most-visited Spanish-language website among U.S. Hispanics; and Uforia, a music application featuring multimedia music content. The Company also includes assets that serve young, diverse audiences. This includes news and lifestyle English-language cable network FUSION TV and a collection of leading digital brands that span a range of categories: technology (Gizmodo), sports (Deadspin), lifestyle (Lifehacker), modern women’s interests (Jezebel), news and politics (Splinter), African American news and culture (The Root), gaming (Kotaku), Environment (Earther), and car culture (Jalopnik). Additionally, UCI has ownership in comedy and news satire brands The Onion, Clickhole, The A.V. Club and The Takeout. Headquartered in New York City, UCI has content creation facilities and sales offices in major cities throughout the United States. For more information, please visit corporate.univision.com.
WABC-TV, Channel 7, is the Disney owned ABC television station in New York City and the most watched television station in the United States. The station has always valued the strength of New York’s diversity, especially the importance of its various ethnic communities. The station’s staff reflects that diversity and their mission is to keep viewers informed. That’s why the station produces more than 45 hours of local, community focused content under the Eyewitness News umbrella, including Tiempo – the city’s most watched English language program focused solely on issues important to the Hispanic communities. The station also co-hosts several annual campaigns including immigration information forums and voter registration drives.
Founded in 1913, El Diario/La Prensa is the longest publishing Spanish-language daily newspaper in the United States. Since its inception as a small publication in Lower Manhattan named La Prensa, the newspaper has grown into one of the largest and most influential Latino media outlets in the nation. In 1963, it merged with El Diario de Nueva York, forming El Diario/La Prensa, as it is known now. Keeping up with the new century, the newspaper is now a state-of-the-art multimedia operation that includes print, digital, and other platforms.
Frank Sobrino, CUNY
Griselda Garcia, Daily News