With Immigrants Under Attack, CASA and Congressman Gutiérrez Rally to Urge Eligible Virginians to Naturalize in Time to VotePosted May 11, 2016 /
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WHAT: Citizenship Clinic and Rally with Congressman Luis V. Gutiérrez
WHERE: PATRICK HENRY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
701 S. HIGHLAND ST. ARLINGTON, VA 22204
WHEN: 7:30 P.M. MAY 18, 2016
WHO: Congressman Luis V. Gutiérrez, Virginia CASA members and community
With Immigrants Under Attack, CASA and Congressman Gutiérrez Rally to Urge Eligible Virginians to Naturalize in Time to Vote
Washington, D.C. _ CASA and Congressman Luis Gutiérrez are teaming up to urge eligible Virginians to become citizens at a clinic and rally at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, at Patrick Henry Elementary School, 701 S. Highland St., Arlington, VA 22204.
“At a time when immigrants are under attack, it is even more important to have those people who are eligible to become part of the political process,” said CASA’s Executive Director Gustavo Torres. “And to have Congressman Gutiérrez here solidifies our efforts.”
Rep. Gutiérrez, D-Ill., has been a tireless advocate on behalf of immigrants. In addition to his work in the Congress, he joined the “Stand Up to Hate” tour, which aims to sign up one million new citizens before the end of the year. Congressman Gutiérrez has participated in more than a dozen workshops throughout the country including Colorado, New York, Nevada and Illinois.
“There is something unique and significant going on in immigrant communities,” Rep. Gutiérrez said. “Wherever I travel in the U.S. these days, I see large numbers of eligible immigrants coming forward to apply for naturalization. When there is anxiety about what appears to be rising xenophobia, that always motivates people who can seek citizenship to do so and motivates citizens to become voters.”
Over all, naturalization applications increased by 11 percent in the 2015 fiscal year over the year before, and jumped 14 percent during the six months ending in January, according to a March New York Times article.
Experts say this sharp increase is due to anti-immigrant rhetoric coming from some presidential candidates.
The event will also include a citizenship clinic where CASA staff will advise potential citizenship seekers on the viability of their application.
“Many people are eligible to become citizens for years before taking that final step,” said Pablo Blank, CASA’s citizenship program manager. “We are here to help them through the process.”