Citizenship Services are Needed*
The City and the State benefit from lawful permanent residents acquisition of citizenship:
New York State ranks second nationally in the percentage of its population that is foreign born. Approximately 4,178,000 people (21.4% of the State’s population) are estimated to be foreign born. (Margin of error +/-0.2)
As of 2009, 2,996,500 New York City residents were foreign born. They represented 35.7 percent of the City’s population.
In the same year, 1,911,099 foreign born New York City residents (age 16 and over) were part of the labor force, representing 44.7% of NYC’s total labor force of 4,277,776 people. But: Almost half of the foreign born New York City residents (48.5% or 1,452,786) are not naturalized U.S. citizens.
*Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2009 American Community Survey
Individuals and families benefit from acquiring citizenship
Naturalized citizens are able to vote, hold all government jobs and run for public office, privileges that they didn’t enjoy as lawful permanent residents. Achieving U.S. citizenship is an important milestone, both practically and psychologically, in assimilating immigrants into the culture and civic life of the United States.
Immigration has a positive effect on the American economy and on the income of US-born workers
According to the President’s Council of Economic Advisers, immigrants increase consumer demand, fuel new businesses and spur the creation of new jobs. Immigrants are a driving force in the housing market, representing 12% of first-time homebuyers. Achieving U.S. citizenship helps motivate immigrants to put down roots, buy homes and start businesses.
New York City and State and the U.S. also benefit when lawful permanent residents become citizens
The National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences concluded that immigrants generate public revenue that exceeds their public costs – approximately $80,000 more in taxes than they receive in state, federal and local benefits over their lifetimes. Immigrants are crucial to the long-tern viability of our Social Security system – immigrants will provide a net benefit of $407 billion to the Social Security system over the next 50 years. Becoming citizens makes immigrants more vested in U.S. progress and success.
Immigrants want to learn English and become fully integrated members of society
Studies show most immigrants believe that they must learn English in order to succeed in the U.S. Achieving citizenship is a great motivating factor in language acquisition.