A progressive Latino advocacy group that has been directly involved with protests against Donald Trump and Republicans and whose “sister” organization leads an $80 million anti-Trump network was awarded a $250,000 grant late last year from the Department of Homeland Security as part of an initiative to help individuals register for citizenship, records show.
Make the Road New York, a nonprofit focused on Latino immigrant communities with around 20,000 members, was awarded the $250,000 project grant as part of the Pathways to Citizenship Initiative from the Department of Homeland Security. The grant carries a performance period of 1 year and 11 months and expires on Sep. 30, 2019.
“The goal of the Citizenship and Integration Grant Program is to expand the availability of high quality citizenship preparation services for lawful permanent residents in communities across the nation,” the grant’s description reads. “Additional activities that support this goal include making citizenship instruction and naturalization application services accessible to low-income and other underserved lawful permanent resident populations; developing, identifying, and sharing promising practices in citizenship preparation; supporting innovative and creative solutions to barriers faced by those seeking naturalization; increasing the use of and access to technology in citizenship preparation programs; working with local libraries, which serve as a vital resource for immigrant communities; and incorporating strategies to foster welcoming communities as part of the citizenship and civic integration process.”
MRNY boasts of its “cutting-edge public policy advocacy work to catalyze high impact social change” and was behind the widely covered JFK airport protests following Trump’s initial travel ban. The protests—described at the time as “spontaneous” by the media—were later found to have been planned since one day after Trump defeated Hillary Clinton in the 2016 elections.
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