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Cities for Citizenship 2016 Impact Report

The C4C initiative is premised on the idea that when municipal leaders develop and fund naturalization efforts to encourage eligible residents to apply for US citizenship, it produces substantial economic and civic benefits for all of their constituents. The United States is currently home to 8.8 million legal permanent residents who are eligible to naturalize. Naturalization has well-documented benefits for those eligible, as well as for the cities and counties where they live. When eligible residents become US citizens, it not only boosts local economies and raises tax revenue, but also contributes to the financial security and civic engagement of immigrant families. Despite the benefits of naturalization, less than nine percent of eligible legal permanent residents become US citizens each year. Cities and counties have an important role to play in both encouraging eligible residents to apply for citizenship and removing barriers faced by many in what can be a long and complex naturalization process.

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    CPD Impact

    Nov 2016: During 2016, the Federal Reserve made an historic shift in how it makes the most important economic decisions in the country. For the first time they are taking into account low-income communities of color. For the past 100 years the Fed has been dominated by white, male, corporate executives who have cared little about building an economy that works for everyone.