WHAT: The National Partnership for New Americans (NPNA), Service Employees International Union (SEIU), GALEO, Asian Americans Advancing Justice Atlanta, and CASA will hold a joint press conference to present a report on the demographic profile of New American Voters in Georgia and showcase how their votes can fundamentally impact the results in the upcoming midterm elections.
WHO: Nicole Melaku, NPNA
Jerry González, GALEO
Phi Nguyen, Asian Americans Advancing Justice Atlanta
Giselle Rodriguez, SEIU Workers United Southern Region
Testimonial of New Citizen, Member of CASA Georgia
Other speakers to be added soon
WHEN: Tuesday, Aug. 23, at 11:00 a.m. ET
WHERE: National Center for Civil and Human Rights
100 Ivan Allen Jr Blvd NW, Atlanta, GA 30313 – Glenn Room B
Entrance for those with camera equipment: Security Door Entrance
Entrance for those without camera equipment: Pre-Function Entrance
**The event will also be streamed on @npnewamericans Facebook Live simultaneously**
ATLANTA – The National Partnership for New Americans (NPNA) Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials (GALEO), Asian Americans Advancing Justice Atlanta, and CASA will hold a joint press conference in Atlanta, Georgia, on Tuesday, Aug. 23, to present the Georgia New American Voters 2022 report that reveals important demographic data on nearly 96,000 newly naturalized citizens since 2016 in Georgia and the potential impact their vote will have in the November midterm elections.
At a time when racial, xenophobic, and anti-immigrant rhetoric is spreading across the states, these newly naturalized citizens, who are multi-cultural, multi-racial, and composed of a slight majority of women, can use their powerful voices at the polls and influence election outcomes in the politically crucial state of Georgia.
During the press conference, more details of the report will be discussed, including:
- Georgia is home to 96,469 citizens who naturalized between 2016 and 2020, exceeding the state’s November 2020 presidential election margin of victory of 11,779 votes by over eight times.
- Newly naturalized citizens in Georgia are racially and ethnically diverse, with a vast majority coming from Asia and the Americas: 37,773 (39%) from Asia and 34,479 (36%) from the Americas. 15,510 (16%) are from Africa. Each of these groups is larger than the 11,779-vote margin of victory during the November 2020 presidential election.
- Georgia ranks first in the New American Voters Impact Model, created by the NPNA to showcase the potential of this critical group of voters to influence the outcome of midterm elections.
The report’s findings are based on U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) data on naturalization from 2016 to 2020, as well as naturalization applications that the agency approved in 2021.
The New American Voters campaign is a non-partisan nationwide effort coordinated by NPNA to encourage newly naturalized citizens to register and vote. It includes partnerships with the country’s leading immigrant and refugee advocacy, service organizations, cities and counties, including local advocacy organizations. This campaign aims to empower newly naturalized citizens to utilize their electoral force by increasing voter registration efforts and turnout rates for the upcoming November elections.
About the Report’s Contributors & Endorsers
Asian Americans Advancing Justice Atlanta (AAAJA) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the civil rights of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (AANHPI) and other marginalized communities in Georgia and the Southeast. Learn more at www.advancingjustice-atlanta.org.
CASA is the foremost immigrant organization in the mid-Atlantic region and a national leader in supporting immigrant families and ensuring that all individuals have the core support necessary for full participation in society. With over 122,000 lifetime Latino, immigrant, and working-class members across 46 US states, CASA creates change with its powerbuilding model blending human services, community organizing, and advocacy in order to serve the full spectrum of the needs, dreams, and aspirations of members. Learn more at www.wearecasa.org.
The Center for Pan Asian Community Services, Inc. (CPACS) is a nonprofit organization located in Atlanta, Ga. Established as the first and largest Asian and Pacific Islander health and human service agency in the Southeast region. CPACS has been providing its core group of services to immigrant and refugee families in Georgia since 1980. Learn more at https://cpacs.org/
GALEO is a non-partisan non-profit organization based in Norcross, Georgia, founded in 2003. GALEO strives for a better Georgia where the Latinx community’s contributions civically. GALEO focuses on increasing civic participation of the Latinx community and developing prominent Latino leaders throughout Georgia. Learn more at www.galeo.org.
Latino Community Fund Georgia (LCF Georgia) is a 501(c)(3) membership organization supporting Latinx/Hispanic communities in Georgia. We are both a philanthropic intermediary and a direct service provider working with and within Georgia’s diverse communities. Learn more at www.lcfgeorgia.org.
The National Partnership for New Americans (NPNA) is a national multiethnic, multiracial organization that represents 60 of the largest regional immigrant and refugee rights organizations in 40 states. Its members provide large-scale services for the communities, to leverage their collective power and expertise for a national strategy. Learn more at partnershipfornewamericans.org.
The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) unites 2 million diverse members in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. SEIU members working in the healthcare industry, in the public sector and in property services believe in the power of joining together on the job to win higher wages and benefits and to create better communities while fighting for a more just society and an economy that works for all of us, not just corporations and the wealthy. www.seiu.org
The U.S. Immigration Policy Center (USIPC) at UC San Diego conducts and supports rigorous social science research to advance understanding of the foundations and consequences of U.S. immigration policy. Immigration has played an integral role in American history and is sure to feature prominently in America’s future. But what should the immigration policies of our nation of immigrants be? The USIPC brings together leading academics, policy analysts, immigrant rights leaders, and policymakers across all levels of government to conceptualize, debate, and design a new U.S. immigration policy agenda that meets the demands of the 21st century. Learn more at https://usipc.ucsd.edu/