LA officials launch campaign to encourage citizenship

"Protect Yourself: Citizenship Now!" is a committee of five organizations that provide citizenship-related services, including in Spanish and Asian Pacific Islander languages.
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Los Angeles county and city officials on Tuesday launched a campaign designed to encourage legal immigrants who live in the region to become U.S. citizens.

"Protect Yourself: Citizenship Now!" — co-launched by L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti and County Supervisor Hilda Solis — is a committee of five organizations that provide citizenship-related services, including in Spanish and Asian Pacific Islander languages.

The services are meant to help folks navigate the often cumbersome process of applying for and obtaining citizenship.

"The most common barriers around citizenship — of course, the cost; $680 is sometimes not attainable by the lower income community. And in addition to that, the knowledge that they have to have around English and U.S. History and Civics is also a barrier," said Angelica Peña with the immigration rights group NALEO Educational Fund. "Fortunately, our operators are equipped with information, not just on the events, but also on citizenship and English classes that are available throughout the county and the city of Los Angeles."

More than 755,000 residents in L.A. County are eligible to apply for citizenship.

Those interested are being directed to call a hotline at 888-839-8682. Operators are equipped with info on events, citizenship and English classes that are available throughout the county, according to Peña.

For more information, you can also visit the website ciudadaniaya.info.