For Immediate Release
March 14, 2012
Contact: Anne Marie Weiss-Armush
DFW International Community Alliance

DFW International Community Alliance and Telemundo Dallas are pleased to announce the new TELEMUNDO CITIZENSHIP CLASSES to be held over the next 6 months in three local libraries.  Each free series consists of 11 sessions (22 hours) long and all books and study materials will be provided. Registration is required, and can be made by calling each individual library. DFW International Community Alliance will produce the new classes In partnership with these three Dallas and Irving branch libraries:

BEGINNING on April 21, 2012
Grauwyler Park Public Library
2146 Gilford St., Dallas, TX 75235
Saturday afternoons 2 to 4 pm
register by calling 214-671-1447

BEGINNING on June 6, 2012
Audelia Road Public Library
10045 Audelia Road, Dallas, TX 75238
Wednesdays from 6 to 8 pm

BEGINNING on August 2, 2012
West Irving Public Library
4444 W. Rochelle Rd.Irving, Texas, Irving, TX 75062
Thursdays from 6:30 - 8:30 pm

The Dallas/ Fort Worth metroplex is the fastest growing area in the country for New Americans, who comprise 44% of the North Texas population. However, due in part to the dearth of citizenship classes, only 19 % of the region’s foreign-born are naturalized citizens, the lowest proportion among 23 metropolitan areas.

Gustavo Bujanda, Director of Marketing at Telemundo Dallas shares his excitement for the classes, “For the millions of immigrants who, over the past 20 years, have made the DFW metroplex their home, there is no better way to fully be a part of our city than to prepare for and obtain U.S. citizenship. As citizens, we are fully enfranchised to organize, opine and even participate in all aspects of our collective present and future. Telemundo-Dallas is honored to be a partner with DFW International Community Alliance in helping to make the dream of U.S. citizenship possible for our immigrant communities."

“In the entire City of Dallas we know of only one citizenship class, and it has a waiting list” says Anne Marie Weiss-Armush, President of DFW International Community Alliance.  “As the fee for the naturalization exam is $700, a week’s salary for many, and applicants have only two chances to pass the exam, our Telemundo Citizenship Classes will help dozens of our neighbors toward greater opportunities and engagement in American civic life.”

DFW International Community Alliance is the portal for global North Texas, a network of 1,600 of the regions ethnic and internationally-focused civic, community and educational organizations.  Its mission is to build mutual understanding and respect by linking diverse international cultural communities. The organization promotes and links North Texas global groups through its website and cultural calendar at .  For more details about DFW International Community Alliance, see the media page at  or call 972-661-2764