August 02, 2023

Wyden, Colleagues Reintroduce Legislation to Support Recent Immigrants, Refugees

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Ron Wyden and Senate colleagues have reintroduced legislation that would support immigrants and refugees overcome common obstacles to naturalization, including language barriers and challenges navigating the search for employment.

“The naturalization process shouldn’t be confusing for folks trying to achieve the American dream,” Wyden said today. “As the son of refugees from Nazi Germany, I’m proud to introduce legislation that would help immigrants overcome obstacles to naturalization and help refugees navigate the broken immigration system.”

The National Office of New Americans Act would establish a National Office of New Americans within the White House to strengthen coordination between federal, state, and local governments to support the social, economic, and civic integration of immigrants and refugees.

The legislation was led by U.S. Senator Ed Markey, D-Mass. Alongside Wyden, the bill was cosponsored by U.S. Senators Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev., Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.

The National Office of New Americans Act is endorsed by more than 100 organizations, including National Partnership for New Americans, National Immigration Law Center, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, and others.

The text of the bill is here.