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Immigrant, Refugee and Citizenship Resources

Immigrant & Refugee Resources

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) information
The National Immigration Law Center (NILC) contains extensive up-to-date information about DACA, advocacy, and general advice and information. Visit the following links for more specific information.
Top 5 Things to Know about the Announcement that DACA is ending: https://www.nilc.org/issues/daca/top-5-things-to-know-about-daca-ending
Frequently Asked Questions on DACA Termination: https://www.nilc.org/issues/daca/daca-termination-faq
 
The ACLU provides information and advocates for immigration and civil rights:
P.O. Box 32159
Newark, NJ 07102
(973) 642-2084
 
The AFSC provides immigration legal counseling and advocates for immigration and civil rights:
1501 Cherry Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
215-241-7000 
 
The Camden Center for Law & Social Justice provides low-cost legal assistance to immigrants and refugees unable to afford a private attorney:
126 N. Broadway
2nd Floor
Camden, NJ 08103
856-583-2950
 
The Catholic Charities of Camden’s Refugee and Immigration Services Department includes the Refugee Resettlement program and low-cost immigration services:
1845 Haddon Avenue
Camden, NJ 08103
856-342-4161
 
CAIR monitors civil rights violations and hate crimes:
4475 S. Clinton Ave., Suite 202
South Plainfield, NJ, 07080
(908) 668-5900
 
First Friends offers volunteer visitation to detained immigrants and asylum seekers, resettlement assistance, and advocacy:
53 South Hackensack Ave.
Kearny, NJ 07032
(908) 965-0455
 
www.maketheroadnj.org
MTRNJ provides immigration legal services and advocates for immigration and civil rights through community organizing:
42 Broad Street
Elizabeth, NJ 07201
(908)768-4991
 
NJAIJ provides information and advocates for immigration and civil rights:
973-474-9850
 
SJLS, the South Jersey regional office of Legal Services of New Jersey, offers immigration legal services:
745 Market Street
Camden, NJ 08102
(856) 964-2010
 

Citizenship Resources

The Internet is a treasure trove for citizenship test preparation. For ESL students, web sites are often better than books because many ease the challenge by featuring audio. (It’s important to remember that for the famous 100 questions section of the citizenship interview, a student needs to understand the questions when they’re spoken, and be able to speak the answers.)
 
For just about everything you need to know about studying for citizenship, you can visit the official U.S .Government Web site, the USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services): https://www.uscis.gov/citizenship/learners/study-test. The site gives a great overview of the requirements as well as links to study resources.
 
People often think the test just involves “The 100 questions.”  But there are several other components to the test.  (Visit the site above for more about that.)  But a great aid for studying the 100 questions is this video from the USCIS office YouTube channel, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eC_OkTFm1uE
 
In fact, if you just go to YouTube and type in citizenship test, you’ll find videos of interviews for the other parts of the test, and even other study materials.  Not all the YouTube videos on citizenship are from the official authority on citizenship, USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services).  But you can easily look at the origin of a video and decide for yourself whether you want to spend time on it.
 
Another site, http://www.citizenshipstudyguide.com, features interactive study, including audio for the questions; interactive flashcards; a famous person matching game; and an interactive practice quiz.
 
For more depth on civics and simple explanations of key civics topics and historical events, try http://americanhistory.si.edu/citizenship/. This site, called Preparing for the Oath, is interactive, with visuals and audio, with options for a word study with definitions, and a teacher’s guide.  

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