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Bridging the Gap to the American Dream: Empowering Immigrants to Become Engaged Citizens


There are nearly 400,000 Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs) living in New Jersey, who are currently eligible to become citizens. However, for many of these individuals and families, the process can be challenging. The grand opening of the We Are One New Jersey Hudson County Center marks a turning point for our state and thousands of New Americans who have long dreamed of becoming U.S. citizens.

U.S. Senators Robert Menendez and Cory Booker, U.S. Representatives Albio Sires and Donald Payne, Jr., national AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre, State Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, Hudson County Executive Thomas A. DeGise, and many other elected and progressive community leaders spoke during the opening ceremony in praise of the empowerment and community-building tools offered by the center.

Services include assistance with the U.S. citizenship application, preparatory classes for the U.S. citizenship test, voter registration, DACA applications and renewal, referral/legal services, and understanding of workplace rights – all of which will be offered at low- or no-cost.


Thanks to the support of over 256 coalition partners, Working Families United for New Jersey, Inc. became a trail-blazer in immigrant naturalization and empowerment by sponsoring multiple events around the state to assist aspiring Americans with their U.S. citizenship applications. We are now proud to lend that expertise to the newly opened We Are One center, which will join in the broad grassroots effort to bridge the gap to the American Dream for thousands of our neighbors across the state.

Working Families United for New Jersey, Inc. believe that our government works best when community members are able to make their voices heard. Furthermore, our economy and society are at their best when more people are given a real chance to achieve the American Dream. Our coalition’s efforts, in addition to those of We Are One New Jersey will ensure that we not only assist aspiring Americans to achieve citizenship, but also encourage them to become active in our democratic process.

Your efforts made this possible, and we hope that you will encourage your friends and family to take advantage of the services offered at the “We Are One New Jersey” Hudson County Center. The center can be reached at 201-209-2839 or at www.WeAreOneNJ.org.

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