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County Collaborative to Announce 21st Annual Citizenship Day

Thousands of Residents in Santa Clara County to Benefit from Free Services, Orientation to be Provided in 14 Languages

WHAT:
The Santa Clara County Citizenship Collaborative will hold a press conference to announce Santa Clara County’s 21st Annual Citizenship and Immigrant Pride Day. 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 full-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.

WHO:
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.

WHEN AND WHERE:
Press Conference: April 13, 2010, 11:00 a.m.
Center for Employment Training, 701 Vine St., San Jose, CA 95110

WHY:
Last year over 1,000 people participated in the 20st Annual Citizenship and immigration Day and more than 300 forms were filled out. Over the years, the Citizenship Collaborative and County efforts have assisted more than 120,000 individuals in their citizenship process.

Recent estimates suggest that there are still approximately 150,000 residents eligible for naturalization in Santa Clara County but have not been able to do so due to various reasons. The mission of the County of Santa Clara 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.

The 21st Annual Citizenship and Immigrant Pride Day will take place on Saturday, April 17, 2010, from 8:45 a.m. - 1:30p.m., at:
Center for Employment Training, 701 Vine St., San Jose, CA 95110; and
Rebekah Children’s Services at 290 I.O.O.F. Ave., Gilroy, CA 95020

Media Contact: Gwendolyn Mitchell/Marina Hinestrosa, Office of Public Affairs, (408) 299-5119 
Posted: April 9, 2010