In Massachusetts, the number of foreign-born individuals eligible to vote from 2000 to 2006 increased by 28%, and this number will only continue to grow.
MIRA believes that attaining citizenship is the best indicator of an immigrant's successful integration into the United States. As such, we advocate for increased state and federal funding so that our members and allies have the resources they need to provide citizenship services -- including ESOL and civics classes -- to their populations.
MIRA advocates for increased naturalization rates through:
Continuation of the Citizenship for New Americans Programs
The Citizenship for New Americans Program is vital in assisting low-income immigrants with English classes and civic programs while helping them navigate the complex process of acquiring citizenship. Not only does the program provide the opportunity to teach immigrants English, but also gives us a chance to pass on our cultural values while giving them the tools necessary to reach their full potential.
FY2013 Budget Line Item 4003-0122: $237,500
FY2012 Budget Line Item 4003-0122: $237,500
FY2011 Budget Line Item 4003-0122: $237,500