U.S. citizenship is a crucial step toward improving the social, civic, and economic well-being of new Americans and their children. Promoting citizenship among immigrants is also important to advancing the overall integration and social cohesion of our nation. Furthermore, citizenship is an increasingly necessary precondition for financial stability and economic mobility for immigrant families.* * This white paper was authored in September 2012 by Janis Bowdler, Director of the Wealth-Building Policy Project, Lindsay Daniels, Associate Director of Housing and Wealth-Building Initiatives, and Marisabel Torres, Policy Analyst for the Wealth- Building Policy Project of the National Council of La Raza’s (NCLR) Office of Research, Advocacy, and Legislation. NCLR is the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States.