By N24 Correspondent, WASHINGTON:- The Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has released the Inter-agency Strategy for Promoting Naturalization, a whole-of-government approach to breaking down barriers to U.S. citizenship and promoting naturalization to all who are eligible, as outlined in President Biden’s Executive Order 14012.
“Becoming a United States citizen is a tremendous privilege,” said Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas, according to a USCIS statement. “New citizens, strengthened with the power and responsibilities that American citizenship brings, make our Nation better. This strategy will ensure that aspiring citizens are able to pursue naturalization through a clear and coordinated process.”
This report reflects the collaboration of USCIS, the Department of Education, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of State, Department of Labor, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of Defense, Department of Justice, Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Agriculture, and the Social Security Administration, who are part of the inter-agency Naturalization Working Group.
This working group was established pursuant to the President’s executive order to prioritize citizenship education and awareness through capacity building and expanded partnerships, which is at the heart of the inter-agency strategy.
“USCIS remains committed to empowering immigrants to pursue citizenship along with the rights and opportunities that come with it. It is fitting that this report is being released days before our nation’s 245th birthday. There is no greater testament to the strength of America than our willingness to encourage others to join us as U.S. citizens as we work together to build a more perfect union,” said USCIS Acting Director Tracy Renaud.
“We look forward to the work ahead in welcoming and supporting aspiring Americans and equipping them with the tools they need to be successful in their journey to citizenship, and beyond.”
Since the beginning of the Biden-Harris administration, the USCIS has taken a number of steps to reduce barriers to naturalization and restore confidence in the US’s legal immigration system. More information on naturalization policies issued since January 2021 can be found on the USCIS website (www.uscis.gov).