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Source: United States House of Representatives – Congresswoman Sylvia Garcia (TX-29)

February 7, 2020

Press Release

Media Contact: Robert Julien (DC): Email: Robert.julien@mail.house.gov; Cell: 202-227-0330

WASHINGTON, DCCongresswoman Sylvia Garcia (TX-29) joined Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Joaquin Castro (TX-20) and 31 other lawmakers in cosponsoring the House Resolution 820 calling for the designation of February 2020 as National Citizenship Month. The resolution raises awareness about the process of naturalization and advocates for the modernization and streamlining of such.

The United States has been recognized for centuries as the land of opportunity for those seeking economic and educational opportunities as well as freedom from persecution. Most immigrants embrace the ideals of our nation valuing work ethic, pursuing education, and striving for economic opportunity.

The United States must continue to welcome immigrants from across the globe in order to remain as a beacon for innovation, advancement, and social progress. Recent changes in naturalization policy, including raising naturalization fees by more than 60 percent make naturalization impossible for nearly four million applicants. Naturalization application processing should be fair, efficient, affordable, and accessible to all eligible individuals, not just the wealthy.

Statement from Congresswoman Garcia:

“My support for fair and humane immigration laws stems from my deeply held religious beliefs. Immigrants are an important part of the United States. They contribute significantly to our country, which has allowed us to thrive economically, socially, and culturally, and further defined our Nation as the land of opportunity,” said Congresswoman Garcia. “During my time in Congress, I will continue to do everything possible to ensure that every person who comes to America and calls her home can have access to the naturalization process.”

Read the full letter HERE.

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Congresswoman Sylvia R. Garcia was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in November 2018, becoming the first Latina ever to represent Texas 29th Congressional district.

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