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Citizenship NOW! immigration hotline opens later this month

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of New York Daily News

Queens residents looking for their own paths to citizenship can get the answers they need by dialing the free and confidential Citizenship NOW! immigration hotline between April 27 and May 1.

Sponsored by the New York Daily News and the City University of New York (CUNY), the 13th annual campaign will be open each day from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. More than 400 trained volunteers will man the phones to assist callers of all backgrounds with the citizenship process.

Operators will answer calls in English, Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Russian, Korean, Italian, Haitian Creole, Bengali, Polish, French, Yiddish, Arabic and other languages.

“Great public universities such as CUNY are deeply committed to providing public service that improves the quality of life of our people,” CUNY Chancellor James B. Milliken said. “The call-in will help thousands of newcomers navigate the immigration maze on the path to U.S. citizenship, consistent with CUNY’s longstanding tradition of welcoming students who hail from countries throughout the world.”

The Daily News and CUNY first held the hotline in April 2004 “to address the lack of access to free and confidential immigration information for the people who need it most,” according to a press release.

“Volunteers will provide callers with information on how immigrants can qualify for legal status and U.S. citizenship under existing laws,” added attorney Allan Wernick, a Baruch College professor and leader of the campaign. “Our goal for the Citizenship NOW! call-in is to empower immigrant New Yorkers. Immigrants can’t wait for Congress and the courts to find them a path to citizenship. They need help now.”

The Citizenship NOW! call-in numbers will be announced on the Daily News website and on WXTV-TV and WABC-TV on April 27.


Thousands helped by immigration hotline

| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of New York Daily News

Thousands of people received free information about immigration thanks to the New York Daily News and City University of New York’s 11th Annual Citizenship NOW! Call-in.

With over 400 trained volunteers, this year’s weeklong event answered questions in languages including English, Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, Russian, Bengali, Haitian Creole, French, Italian, Polish, Yiddish and Arabic.

In partnership with Univision and WABC-TV, the weeklong event included on-air promotional announcements, live coverage and special news segments.

Citizenship NOW! was launched in April 2004 to address the lack of access to information about immigration. It is confidential and free to individuals who need the help the most.

Since its inception, close to 110,000 callers have sought information from the call-in.