06 Nov

Press coverage for our Naturalization and DACA Workshop in Oakland


Press coverage for our Naturalization and DACA Workshop in Oakland

Our Naturalization and DACA Workshop in Oakland was covered by a number of media outlets, and discussed how important the work is to the community as well as the individual stories and backgrounds of the clients that we assisted.

This is another example of the importance of helping these communities in obtaining guidance and assistance.

Here is a synopsis of three different outlets and highlights from their stories.  

In ChicoEr News, Malaika Fraley highlights the two October workshops aimed to help documented immigrants apply for citizenship and students of at least 15 years of age apply for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Status. Aside from the workshop being free to the public, Oakland residents and students attending school in Oakland have the opportunity to get the $465 fee waived. Manzi-Pumar, an immigrant from Venezuela, has gained immense opportunity from applying for DACA Status. She is now working for a non profit and able to visit her family in her home country, something she hasn’t been able to do for over a decade.

The Catholic Voice’s coverage highlighted the diverse stories of those who attended.

Up to 300 people are expected at the citizenship workshop from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, when volunteers will help those who are eligible to apply for citizenship and fill out paperwork. It’s open to all East Bay residents who are green card holders and have been U.S. residents for at least five years, or three years if they obtained residency through marriage.

The article introduced the Villa-Real family.JoJo and his wife, Eloisa, have 4 children, 3 of whom are seeking a path to gain their US citizenship (the fourth already has citizenship). At our October 14 event, they learned that they qualify for citizenship and subsequently are eligible for a scholarship from the armed forces and able to attend a school with an ROTC program. There were over 200 volunteers helping attendees move through the stations. Additionally, there were over 12 languages represented among the volunteers, which further helped facilitate the process. Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, was in attendance and welcomed all those attending the workshop with open arms and thanked the volunteers for their assistance.

In the Mercury News’ summary we learn of three California residents who have each spent over a decade in the United States. The workshop hosted by The Diocese of Oakland, Catholic Charities of the East Bay, the Oakland DACA/DAPA Project and the East Bay Naturalization Collaborative allowed these people to get one step closer to citizenship. At the workshop volunteers were available to help attendees through the process and lawyers were on hand to offer legal advice.

To find out more about our Naturalization and DACA Workshop in Oakland, visit our home page or contact us.