This November, millions of Americans will head to the polls to decide who their next president will be. In Nevada, one of seven key swing states, thousands of newly-naturalized immigrant voters will join them.
Thanks to UNITE HERE’s Culinary Union, over 1,700 Nevada immigrants have applied for U.S. citizenship so that they can vote in the 2016 Presidential Election. These brave women and men are rising up and exercising their right to help elect the best candidate to lead our nation.
From March to May, the Union hosted four citizenship fairs in Clark County to assist these new immigrant voters with their applications. It was the largest naturalization drive of its kind nationwide executed in a three-month period this year.
Dozens of housekeepers, cooks and servers from across the country travelled to Nevada to assist the Culinary Union in recruiting legal residents to attend the fairs and apply for citizenship. Workers came from cities as far away as Washington, D.C., New York and Boston and spoke to over 13,000 casino and hotel employees about the benefits of naturalization.
Having completed this historic citizenship drive, the Union now kicks off a new program to register an additional 10,000 new immigrant voters.
Special thanks to:
Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada (PLAN)
National Partnerships for New Americans (NPNA)
The Citizenship Project of Nevada
American Immigration Lawyers Association – Nevada Chapter
Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-IL)