Los Angeles libraries to be outfitted with more naturalization information and resources
With the U.S. economy being among the largest in the world, the ability to work in order to send money home to families is typically the main reason why people from other countries come to the U.S. Once they get here, they often see the many other benefits that come with being a U.S. citizen, serving as a motivation to consider naturalization.
While the internet has made learning about the citizenship process easier for many immigrants, libraries remain a great place to turn to, as public libraries contain vast amount of information regarding these topics. If help is needed, librarians are often nearby whenever someone needs assistance.
But libraries in Los Angeles are about to become more supplied with these types of resources than ever before, as the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services recently announced an expansion of efforts in making naturalization information more readily accessible.
With 73 public libraries in the L.A. area, USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas recently announced that these six dozen locations will become more user-friendly for people who come from overseas and want to learn about what it takes to become a U.S. citizen.
"Today we take a further step to expand citizenship resources for immigrants in Los Angeles by providing information about the naturalization process in libraries," Mayorkas said on September 19. "We are proud to yet again partner with Mayor [Antonio] Villaraigosa and the City of Los Angeles on this important initiative and to support immigrants on their journey to become American citizens."
Villaragosa noted how he thrilled he is that L.A. is seen as a great place immigrants can turn to for a helping hand, as this is something that the city has strived for.
"This joint initiative expands our efforts to educate the city’s immigrant community about citizenship and establishes our libraries as local citizenship information centers," said Villaragosa. "We are excited about the opportunity to support the many immigrants and their families that hope to one day achieve their goal of U.S. citizenship."
Libraries will have 'citizenship corners'
Some of the new features that will come to L.A.'s public libraries include specific spaces that will be designated for citizenship resources and materials, access to community rooms where English language classes may be taught and a constantly updated listing of non-profit groups providing naturalization assistance in various local communities.
USCIS also states that librarians will be of greater assistance as well, thanks to new training that will be provided for personnel.
Los Angeles is a home away from home for many immigrants. USCIS says that statewide, California has 3.4 million permanent residents originating from 140 different countries, speaking 224 different languages. Of these, 2.5 million are believed to be eligible for naturalization.