Beat the Heat - Become a US Citizen Now

Fight the Heat, Become a U.S. Citizen
Community fairs encourage immigrants to take the plunge and file for naturalization

Los Angeles – The statistics are staggering:  8 million immigrants currently qualify to become U.S. citizens but do not apply.  For many valid reasons, including the high processing costs, lawful permanent residents choose not to file the N-400 form.  All the while, mixed-status families, those made up of U.S. born, permanent residents, and undocumented immigrants, have witnessed the rapid, consistent, and heartless deportation machine hard at work, especially during the past three years.  At least 1.5 million immigrants have been deported under the Obama Administration, more so than any other current presidency. 

This summer, citizenship fairs have been organized throughout the United States to encourage Asian and Latino immigrant communities to get questions answered, receive expert counseling, and clarify misinformation about the process.  If the person qualifies and has the required paperwork ready, an application can be submitted right there and then.  CHIRLA will conduct several citizenship fairs this summer.

Applicants must bring the following documents with them to the fair: 

·         Green card, social security card, California ID, and a U.S. passport plus two copies;

·         Information about offspring, if applicable;

·         If married, information pertaining to spouse;

·         Police or court records, if committed any offense or crime;

·         Information about work, residence, travel, and studies during the past 5 years;

·         If traveled, dates of travel, how long outside the country, destinations;

·         A $680.00 check or money order made out to “Department of Homeland Security”

·         2 passport-style photographs


For additional information, please contact Horacio Arroyo at (213) 201-4449

Para más información en Español acerca de las ferias de ciudadanía, llame a Horacio Arroyo al (213) 201-4449


WHEN:           Saturday, July 14, 2012, 11:00 am – 2 pm

                     Saturday, August 4, 2012, 8 am – 5 pm


WHERE:         July 14:  Our Lady of the Valley Church, 22021 Gault St., Canoga Park, CA  91303

                     August 4:  La Puente Community Center, 501 Glendora Ave., La Puente, CA  91744