June 14, 2019

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Bill to Expand Access and Remove Financial Obstacles to Naturalization

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today cosponsored legislation to preserve and expand access to citizenship by removing financial barriers. Introduced by Senator Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), the Citizenship Affordability Act ensures legal residents who are eligible but struggle to afford naturalization can access waivers to reduce or eliminate fees associated with the process.

“America is a nation of immigrants from all walks of life. We shouldn’t be putting financial hurdles in front of immigrant families. I’m proud to cosponsor legislation that provides fee waivers to hardworking immigrants who are contributing to our communities and striving to realize the American dream.”

In addition to Senators Cortez Masto and Menendez, U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) and Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) also cosponsored this legislation.

Representative Norma Torres (D-Calif.) introduced companion legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Full text of the bill is available here.