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Media Advisory: Federal Task Force to Release Report Calling for an Americanization Movement for the 21st Century Recommendations to President Bush Include Immigrant Integration

Recognizing immigration is a federal responsibility, but integration occurs in communities, the Task Force finds that successful integration involves a message of inclusion that emphasizes American civic principles and welcomes people from all backgrounds to fully become American.  

Members of the Task Force will discuss their recommendations, including launching a national campaign to strengthen immigrant integration into American civic culture.  The Task Force was guided by two themes that have defined America’s immigration experience: First: Diversity makes America strong, but unity keeps America successful. Second: Citizenship is an identity and not simply a benefit.  

The Task Force on New Americans is an interagency initiative, led by the Department of Homeland Security, to help immigrants learn English, embrace the common core of American civic culture, and fully become American. 

WHO:

  • Anna Escobedo Cabral, Treasurer of the United States;
  • Michael Aytes, Acting Deputy Director, USCIS; 
  • Alfonso Aguilar, Chair of the Task Force’s Technical Committee and Chief of USCIS’ Office of Citizenship.

WHEN: 

  • Thursday, Dec. 18, 2008 at 11:30 a.m.

WHERE:

  • United States Citizenship and Immigration Services
    Tomich Conference Center
    111 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
    (between 2nd Street and New Jersey Ave)
    Washington, DC

CONTACT:

  • U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services – (202) 272-1200
  • Department of the Treasury – (202) 622-2960
Last Reviewed/Updated: 12/16/2008