NORTH BERGEN, NJ – (February 23, 2019) – In a visit to the adult Citizenship class at the North Bergen Free Public Library, Mayor Nicholas J. Sacco accompanied by Parks and Recreation Commissioner Hugo Cabrera stopped by to meet and encourage the participants in the program and listen to their stories of coming to the United States on Saturday.
“I just wanted to stop by and thank you for taking part in our programs. I congratulate you for taking the first step in your journey to becoming US Citizens and for doing your part to make our country and our community even stronger,” said Mayor Sacco as he addressed a group of about 60 participants. “Gracias”, he concluded to applause from the group of mostly Spanish speaking students.
The group is the 4th class for the North Bergen Free Public Library, which hosts the 15-week orientation with various instructors free of charge. The Citizenship and Assimilation Grant Program has been a part of a multifaceted effort to provide citizenship preparation resources, support, and information to immigrants and immigrant-serving organizations. The classes assist in obtaining the skills and knowledge needed to prepare for the naturalization interview and test.
The program, which is funded by the Department of Homeland Security and the USCIS, is one of many community classes available through the leadership directives of the Sacco administration and the resources and personnel of the North Bergen Public Library.
Sai Rao, Executive Director of the North Bergen Free Public Library also addressed the class and said, “The Citizenship and Assimilation Grant Program has been a part of a multifaceted effort to provide citizenship preparation resources, support, and information to immigrants and immigrant-serving organizations. I wish you all the very best of luck and leave you in the very capable hands of our staff and instructors.”
“I want to tell you all the I am very proud and happy that you are taking this important step in your citizenship application process right here in North Bergen,” said Parks and Recreation Commissioner Hugo Cabrera. “We are very excited to have you, and look forward to you becoming fully naturalized citizens of the United States and accomplishing your dream of building a better life for your family.”
The Citizenship class is a sample of the many free programs and services North Bergen provides local residents. Each class is one hour long and is taught in English. The Citizenship class is open to all residents and must be registered for ahead of time. At the time of registration, attendees must provide the library with a form of picture identification reflecting their current address. The classes assist to obtain the skills and knowledge they need to prepare for the naturalization interview and test, while simultaneously fostering a sense of belonging and attachment to the United States. The classes are offered free of charge and interested adults can find out more information by calling: 201-869-4715 or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.