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BREAKING: USCIS awards Citizenship Grants

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WASHINGTON— Today, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services awarded nearly $10 million in grants to 41 organizations in 24 states to help prepare lawful permanent residents (LPRs) for naturalization.

The fiscal year 2019 grants, which run through September 2021, promote prospective citizens’ assimilation into American civic life by funding educational programs designed to increase their knowledge of English, U.S. history and civics.

“Our country welcomes legal immigrants from all over the world who come to the United States, positively contribute to our society and engage in American civic life,” said USCIS Acting Director Ken Cuccinelli. “Immigrants who assimilate, embrace our Constitution, understand our history, and abide by our laws add to the vitality and strength of this great nation. Through this grant program, USCIS continues to support efforts to prepare immigrants to become fully vested U.S. citizens.”

USCIS awarded the grants through the Citizenship Instruction and Naturalization Application Services grant opportunity, which supports organizations that provide citizenship instruction and naturalization application assistance to LPRs. Organizations that receive grants under this funding opportunity can only use grant funds to provide services to immigrants who have been lawfully admitted to the U.S. for permanent residence.

In making final award decisions, USCIS considered grantee’s past performance, when applicable. In addition, all funded grant recipients must enroll in E-Verify as a regular employer within 30 days of receiving the award and remain E-Verify participants in good standing throughout the entire period of grant performance. Funded grant recipients must verify all new hires at hiring locations performing work on a program or activity that is funded in whole or in part under the grant.

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The Citizenship and Assimilation Grant Program has awarded approximately $92 million through 434 competitive grants to immigrant-serving organizations in 39 states and the District of Columbia since it began in 2009. Now in its 11th year, the program has helped more than 245,000 LPRs prepare for citizenship.

The Citizenship and Assimilation Grant Program is a major part of the agency’s efforts to support effective citizenship preparation services and to provide information on naturalization to immigrants and nonprofit organizations. USCIS maintains the Citizenship Resource Center, an online hub that provides educational materials and resources to help LPRs prepare for the naturalization process. USCIS also partners with federal, state and local agencies to raise awareness of the rights, responsibilities and importance of U.S. citizenship among the estimated 8.9 million LPRs nationwide who are eligible to apply for naturalization.

For additional information on the Citizenship and Assimilation Grant Program, please visit uscis.gov/grants.

 

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Corazon Kwamboka, Frankie Just Gym It welcome bouncing baby boy

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Corazon Kwamboka and Frankie Just Gym It welcomed their first child, a bouncing baby boy early this week.

The couple named him Tayari meaning ready in Swahili

The couple was expecting their child on August 15 but he came early.

They kept it a secret until Sunday, August 9 when Frankie announced it on his YouTube channel.

She gave birth via C-Section and stayed in the hospital for two days.

This came days after they revealed the baby’s gender and name.

The celebrity couple made the revelation in a three-minute video, in which Frankie also surprised Kwamboka with a cake.

The cake was divided in two, one half in blue and the other half in pink. The cake also had the names Tayari and Kesia written on each half.

Before cutting the cake, Kwamboka said that if it turns out that she is carrying a baby girl she will name her Kesia and if it’s a boy, his name will be Tayari.

Upon cutting the cake, the colour inside was blue, meaning it’s a boy.

“It’s a boy, aawww… this is what I wanted, I just didn’t want to say it,” said a teary Kwamboka

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Google honours Mekatilili Wa Menza 

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BY KEVIN KOECH

Google is celebrating Mekatilili wa Menza, with a doodle of the Kenyan freedom fighter made visible on its search engine platform on Sunday.

Known for inspiring the Giriama people to resist colonial rule, circa 1900, Mekatilili wa Menza is revered as one of the nation’s first Mau Mau fighters.

“The recognition of Mekatilili Menza by Google goes along way in reinforcing what we believe in as Kenya National Heroes Council and a country.

“We believe our Heroes deserve better. They have played their part in nation building. We must affirm them at all times so that we can inculcate the culture of Heroism; the culture of service.

“We shall ensure more of our female heroines are unearthed, highlighted and feted. Other than giving birth to many celebrated our women were at the fore front of our liberation, our struggles and our future remains solely in their hands.

“That is the spirit of the Kenya National Heroes Act,2014 and what we stand for as a Council,” said Amb. Yvonne Khamati-Yahaya, the CEO of the Kenya National Heroes Council.

Mekatilili wa Menza led the Giriama people in the early 20th century and is commemorated during the festivities of the traditional Malindi Cultural Festival, an annual celebration of local history and pride.

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She was born in Matsara wa Tsatsu during the mid-19th century.

By the early 20th century, British colonial rule had threatened the sovereignty and freedom of the Giriama people with forced labor and taxation.

At a time when women’s power was limited within her society, Menza was compelled to organize her people against colonial control.

The Google Doodle artwork features a depiction of Menza leading the energetic kifudu dance that called so many to action.

The artist behind the Google doodle is Wanjira Kinyua who is based in Nairobi

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CS Matiang’i addresses relationship with DP Ruto 

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Interior Cabinet Secretary, Dr. Fred Matiang’i sent tongues wagging after he opened up on his relationship with Deputy President William Ruto.

In an interview with NTV’s Mutuma Mathiu, the CS was put to task to come clean on his relationship with the DP amid reports of tension after he took over some of the roles that were previously performed by the DP.

Asked about his relationship with the DP, the CS responded with a curt “I don’t know”, denying any knowledge of the existence of any special relationship with the DP.

He added that the latter is the Deputy President of Kenya and such is their relationship.

The CS was also put to task to come clean on any perception of conflict between him and the DP in exercising his responsibility (as a Super CS) a role that was perceived to be that of the DP but which was handed over to Matiang’I by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

“In exercising that responsibility, does it create a perception that this is a job that should have gone to the DP…There is no conflict of roles? Asked Mutuma.

“I don’t know of any perception, The Deputy President is the DP of Kenya, what is my relationship with governor (Anyang’) Nyong’o? he is the governor of Kisumu county..”, Matiang’i said.

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The CS has been hailed as a performer with many opining that he should be on the ballot in 2022, seeking to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Among the latest to throw his weight behind Matiang’i is health CS Mutahi Kagwe.

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