History of Immigration and Citizenship Program
In response to the Immigrant Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA), CET created the Immigration and Citizenship Program (ICP) to provide non-legal and legal integration services to mixed-status families and legal permanent residents. During the IRCA implementation, 40,000 individuals benefited from ICP’s technical and legal support services.
Next to faith-based organizations, such as the Catholic Church, ICP is one of the largest providers of immigration legal services in the nation, having served over 100,000 individuals; not counting the direct impact to family members in the last 30 years.
ICP is recognized and accredited by the Department of Justice (DOJ). Its staff consists of immigration attorneys and accredited representatives. Each accredited representative participates in comprehensive immigration training and is investigated by the Department of Justice to ensure that he or she is a person of good moral character and has the appropriate skill-set to become an immigration legal representative.
ICP staff also has a breadth of experience working with the community, planning workshops, and speaking in front of large audiences. With 30 years of experience working with media, preparing logistics and training volunteers for group application processing sessions, we help to process large numbers of applications for individuals eligible to apply for naturalization.
* Commitment to assist and inspire immigrants to gain the benefits of citizenship.
* Educate and empower our clients to navigate the legal immigration and naturalization process.
* Promote understanding, trust, respect, and dignity by encouraging the welcoming community to volunteer and be part of immigrants’ successful integration.
* Quality, free and low-cost services provided by DOJ accredited representatives and staff attorneys.
* Engage newly naturalized citizens to embrace civic involvement, work together, learn about each other’s cultures and step up as leaders for social change