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Director Mayorkas Discusses Citizenship Programs with German Federal Minister of the Interior Friedrich
The Citizenship and Integration Grant Program, which provides support for local citizenship preparation services, was a central topic of discussion. The Director and Minister Friedrich discussed challenges faced by both nations in better integrating new citizens, and agreed that effective integration efforts are vital to both nations. Minister Friedrich viewed the Grant Program as evidence of the importance of local efforts to promote integration, pointing out that successful efforts could not simply be decreed from "Washington or Berlin."
The meeting concluded with Director Mayorkas presenting Minister Friedrich a bound copy of "The Citizen’s Almanac," a book provided to new citizens upon naturalization.