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As I have just returned from my time in the Holy Land with Bishop Dominic and the grand gathering of members of the “Neocatechumenal Way,” and the double canonizations of now Saints John XXIII and John Paul II, I turn to the opening words of St. Paul’s letter to the Romans (written short years before his own martyrdom in Rome c. AD 64-67) where he says “To all in Rome, beloved of God and called to holiness, grace and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.”

On February 4, 2014, USCIS released its long-awaited revision of the Form N-400 (Application for Naturalization). A draft of the new form was published in the Federal Register for comment on December 20, 2012 and again on March 20, 2013. CLINIC submitted comments on the draft together with the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) on February 15, 2013. The comments are posted on the CLINIC website at

CLINIC's National Capacity Building Project, funded by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Office of Citizenship, has provided technical assistance and funding to four local affiliate agencies to establish new programs in English as a Second Language (ESL)/citizenship education and/or naturalization application assistance.

On Election Day, it can seem like a burden to wake up early and stand in line at your local polling place, but the ability to vote is a prized benefit of citizenship and an important step in the journey to full integration in the United States. The benefits of citizenship are numerous and the CLINIC network has long advocated naturalization for all eligible permanent residents.

Offering municipal ID cards to all city residents is fundamentally fair.