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The Bethlehem Project Expands In Los Angeles
January 28 2014

Two Luxury Hotels Join Efforts to Help Immigrant Employees Earn Citizenship

LOS ANGELES — Executives and employees with Dorchester Collection’s Hotel Bel-Air and the Beverly Hills Hotel, and the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce joined with the National Immigration Forum this afternoon to highlight the importance of immigrant integration and reaffirm their commitment to helping their immigrant employees become citizens.

As part of the Bethlehem Project, businesses in Los Angeles and across the country have been working with their employees to integrate our nation’s newest citizens. Partnering with local immigrant-service organizations such as the International Rescue Committee and the Central American Resource Center, these businesses are offering their immigrant employees onsite legal assistance for citizenship applications, while businesses benefit from a more engaged workforce.

The National Immigration Forum and the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce thank the New Americans Campaign and the California Community Foundation for their generous support, making this work possible.

The following are quotes from conveners and participants in today’s event:

Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum:
“Becoming a citizen is a complicated process that requires time and resources. By offering these services, the Beverly Hills Hotel and Hotel Bel-Air are making citizenship affordable and attainable for their workers, and, along the way, is helping them gain access to the considerable socioeconomic benefits associated with citizenship.”

Edward A. Mady, Regional Director, General Manager of The Beverly Hills Hotel:
“We’re very excited with this opportunity to offer our employees such an important service for them. Our employees are committed to us, and we’re committed to helping them anyway we can as they pursue citizenship and all its benefits.”

This work is made possible due to the generous support of the New Americans Campaign and the California Community Foundation.

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