Florida Groups Encourage Immigrants to Naturalize

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Associated Press Release

MIAMI (AP) -- Community organizations in Miami are working to encourage more legal residents to become U.S. citizens.

The Florida Immigration Coalition and other groups are holding a mega citizenship event Saturday at Miami Dade College from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Eligible legal permanent residents will receive free legal assistance and bilingual volunteers will help with translation. Applicants will also be offered the opportunity register for citizenship classes and get study materials to help pass the test.

Miami Mayor Thomas Regalado has declared Saturday the city's citizenship day.

A Pew Hispanic Center study found that nearly two-thirds of the nation's 5.4 million legal immigrants from Mexico are eligible to become U.S. citizens but have not. Some cite lack of English proficiency and cost as barriers to naturalization.

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