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Tulsa receives grant to promote naturalization process for immigrants

Posted at 10:35 AM, Nov 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-19 11:35:28-05

TULSA -- The city of Tulsa has received a $25,000 grant which will help remove barriers for immigrants seeking to become U.S. citizens, Mayor G.T. Bynum said Monday.

The two-year "America is Home" grant from the National Partnership for New Americans will provide guidance to help immigrants navigate through the legal process, learn English and attend civics-based citizenship classes.

“Applying for this grant was very intentional on our part as we strive to become a more welcoming city for all residents,” Mayor G.T. Bynum said. “We want Tulsa to be a place of opportunity where new Americans have an active role in the civic life and leadership of our city.”

Officials said there are currently roughly 10,000 legal permanent residents in Tulsa County who are eligible for citizenship and many are unaware of resources available to them.

“Increasing access to naturalization is a critical part of the New Tulsans Welcoming Plan. Naturalization offers so many economic and social benefits to individuals and to our larger Tulsa community,” Christina da Silva, Director of Community Development and Policy said. “Thanks to the America is Home initiative, the City of Tulsa will work collectively with the YWCA and other organizations to increase awareness and activate untapped community assets to leverage towards increased naturalization.” 

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