Unions, Allies to Broaden Citizenship Drive Program

The Texas AFL-CIO will hold five news conferences around the state to announce a new chapter in program that seeks to help eligible Texas residents take the final steps to citizenship.
 
The Texas AFL-CIO news conference will take place 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 17, in the Texas AFL-CIO Becky Moeller auditorium, 1106 Lavaca St., in downtown Austin.
 
The San Antonio Central Labor Council will hold a news conference at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 17, in the Northside AFT Office Atrium North Building, 6800 Park Ten Blvd., in San Antonio.
 
The Dallas AFL-CIO will hold a news conference at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 17, in the Communications Workers of America Hall, 1408 N Washington Ave. # 300, in Dallas.
 
The Coastal Bend Area Labor Federation will hold a news conference at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 17, in the Corpus Christi American Federation of Teachers office, 4455 S Padre Island Dr. #48, in Corpus Christi.
 
 "Texas has more than 1 million residents who are eligible right now to apply for citizenship," said Texas AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Montserrat Garibay, who is overseeing the state labor federation's participation in the program.
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Garibay helped coordinate a Citizenship Drive program in Austin that was coordinated by union affiliates and many allied organizations, including Equal Justice Center and the Mexican Consulate in Austin. The program helps applicants gather information needed for the application in advance meetings. On the day of the drive, the program provides a one-stop shop that allows qualified applicants to emerge with a complete, ready-to-mail application. The process is overseen by immigration attorneys and draws scores of volunteers.
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