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Immigrant Groups Announce Massive Citizenship Workshops before Sharp Hike in Citizenship fees takes place

Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights

36 S. Wabash, suite 1425 · Chicago, IL 60603 · 312.332.7360 voice · 312.332.7044 fax · www.icirr.org

For Immediate Release: Press Advisory – May 23, 2007

For more information contact: Catherine Salgado. 312.332.7360 x 35 Karla Avila, 312.332.7360 x15 (w); 773 627-3012 (c)

Immigrant Groups Announce Massive Citizenship Workshops before Sharp Hike in Citizenship fees takes place.

Organizations urge eligible immigrants to attend workshops; announce name of applicant 20,000

WHAT: The Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) along with community organizations from diverse ethnic groups in the Chicago area will announce upcoming massive citizenship workshops that will take place before increases in applications fees occur. ICIRR encourages all Legal Permanent Residents to attend these workshops and apply. In addition, ICIRR will announce the name of the 20,000 citizenship applicant through the New Americans Initiative. ICIRR will surprise the applicant by paying the current application fee of $400.

WHEN: Thursday, May 24, 2007 – 11:00 A.M.

WHERE: Restaurant La Quebrada – 4047 W. North Ave. – Chicago, IL

WHO: Karla Avila, New Americans Initiative Director at ICIRR; Eun Young Lee from the Korean American Resource and Cultural Center, Vivian Xu from the Chinese American Service League, Grazyna Zajaczkowska from the Polish American Association, Sima Quraishi from the Muslim Women Resource Center, and the citizenship applicant number 20,000.

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