The Task Force on New Americans introduced four new inter-agency initiatives
to help immigrants assimilate. The Task Force announced three major projects
to help legal immigrants embrace the common core of American civic culture,
learn English, and fully become American, in addition to launching WelcometoUSA.gov,
the federal government's official website for new immigrants.
"When President Bush formed the Task Force, he did so with a charge to
work together to find ways to increase opportunities for new immigrants to
learn as much as they can about our Nation's civic values and its rich history,” said
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director and Task Force Executive
Secretary Emilio González. "We have accomplished a great deal in
just one year, but we're not done, our plans include even more opportunities
for American citizens and community groups to help newcomers integrate into
One major priority of the Task Force is to improve access to essential information
for new immigrants. WelcometoUSA.gov is a comprehensive web portal leveraging
resources from a wide variety of federal agencies to present newcomers with
a range of critical information.
Another major initiative, the New Americans Project, seeks to
encourage volunteerism among both U.S. citizens and new immigrants. The Task
Force will accomplish this through, among other initiatives, a zip-code based
search engine listing volunteer opportunities to work with immigrants and
a series of outreach events to promote volunteerism. In addition, the New
Americans Project aims to provide opportunities for immigrants themselves
to integrate into their communities by volunteering.
The Task Force also provides public libraries, adult educators, volunteers,
and others who work with immigrants with better training and increased
resources. Two examples are the Civics and Citizenship Toolkit, which
includes a variety of educational tools for immigrants and will be distributed
for free to public libraries, and a series of web-based and regional training
courses for volunteers and adult educators.