Citizenship Drives

WHEREAS, the Texas AFL-CIO launched a Citizenship Drive program in 2018 that seeks to help eligible residents fill out a daunting citizenship application and take a major step toward naturalization;

WHEREAS, the program began with financial and strategic support from the national AFL-CIO;

WHEREAS, the first Texas AFL-CIO Citizenship Clinics were held in Austin, and the program has expanded to Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth, San Antonio, Corpus Christi and Beaumont, with other cities planned for future events;

WHEREAS, the Citizenship Drive includes a mighty base of volunteers from organized labor and allied groups and has benefited greatly from the willingness of outstanding immigration lawyers to volunteer their time;

WHEREAS, the Citizenship Drive program has helped hundreds of residents, many of whom are members of labor unions or their family members, achieve a correct application vetted by attorneys and ready for mailing;

WHEREAS, the path to citizenship is a path to voting and to exercise of the full rights that Americans enjoy, including rights in the workplace;

WHEREAS, naturalized citizens have a greater voice and help make the labor movement’s voice greater as well;

WHEREAS, the Texas AFL-CIO Citizenship Drive has drawn favorable notice from other state labor federations, raising the possibility the program may launch in other states;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Texas AFL-CIO salutes the many volunteers from unions across the state that have made the Citizenship Drive program possible; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that delegates to the 60thTexas AFL-CIO Constitutional Convention encourage even stronger participation so that the Texas AFL-CIO Citizenship Drive program can scale up and help even more residents achieve naturalization.