MAYOR BOLLWAGE HELPS CUT RIBBON FOR WE ARE ONE NEW JERSEY - UNION COUNTY CENTER

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MAYOR BOLLWAGE HELPS CUT RIBBON FOR WE ARE ONE NEW JERSEY - UNION COUNTY CENTER
 
ELIZABETH, NJ - April 21, 2015 - Mayor J. Christian Bollwage, joined by Senator Raymond Lesniak, Assemblywoman Annette Quijano, Assemblyman Jamel Holley and dozens of elected officials, came together to cut the ribbon on the We Are One New Jersey - Union County Center.
 
“America is the land of opportunity and individuals from near and far have embraced the ideals of freedom, democracy and the chance to achieve an improved quality of life,” said Mayor J. Christian Bollwage. “I am proud to work with We Are One New Jersey - Union County, as people can now connect with dedicated professionals, who have the experience and expertise to guide, assist and provide reliable resources to help residents achieve their goals.”   
 
This new Union County program is the second, state labor-led immigrant advocacy center in New Jersey and will help thousands of legal immigrants realize their American Dream of full citizenship and the right to vote. From preparatory classes for the test to voter registration and a deeper understanding of workplace rights, the Center provides a central location to navigate the citizenship program. 
 
“Wave after wave, immigrants have continued to renew Union County and shape America,” said State Senator Raymond J. Lesniak. “The We Are One New Jersey – Union County Center will provide assistance that will help naturalize these immigrants, enabling and empowering them to build stronger communities and productive lives.” 
 
The opening ceremony was hosted by Chairman Freeholder Mohamed S. Jalloh earlier this morning at The Mills at Jersey Gardens. The Center will be located within the Union County Workforce Innovation Business Center at 651 Kapkowski Road. Attendees included: Elizabeth Mayor J. Christian Bollwage, Senator of the 20th Legislative District Raymond J. Lesniak, Assemblywoman Annette Quijano, Assemblyman Jamel Holley, Members of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Members from the Elizabeth City Council, Dr. Margaret McMenamin of Union County College, Mayor of Union Manuel Figueiredo, Mayor of Rahway Samson D. Steinman, Mayor of Roselle Christine Dansereau, as well as other distinguished officeholders and members of the community.
 
“As the son of two immigrant parents, today was a historic time for Union County as we joined with the City of Elizabeth and the State of New Jersey to launch a new endeavor, the We Are One New Jersey-Union County Center,” said Freeholder Sergio Granados. “With over 50,000 immigrants within Union County alone, these services are needed more than ever. Working with the Workforce Innovation Business Center, these two facilities will help provide American citizenship to those who need it and offer job opportunities as well as placement.”
 
In the beginning of the month, the City of Elizabeth and the We Are One New Jersey- Union County hosted a free Citizenship and Deferred Action Information Session. Attendees had the opportunity to learn about the citizenship process and to hear information about the Deferred Action program, including the expansion announced last year by President Barack Obama. Attorneys and experts in immigration law were available to answer questions from residents.
 
For more information about this program, please contact Executive Director Elizabeth Montes at the We Are One New Jersey - Union County Center at 908-355-4444.