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Latino Daily News

Monday February 21, 2011

Los Angeles Workshop Provides Immigrants With Answers and a Friendly Face

Los Angeles Workshop Provides Immigrants With Answers and a Friendly Face

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Aimed at helping immigrants apply for citizenship, an information session was held a Los Angeles high school this weekend.

Immigrants looking to begin the naturalization process were given the opportunity to ask questions and receive information at Panorama High School on Saturday.

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services worked together on this free event, which was the third of its kind. Villaraigosa said that about 46 percent of of the L.A. population is foreign born, with over one million eligible for citizenship.

Over five hundred people received step-by-step information on the naturalization process. They also had the opportunity to go through mock interviews and answer questions like those that would appear on the citizenship test. Immigration attorneys also provided assistance for the participants, often being asked if someone was eligible to apply for citizenship.

“There are a lot of people who are currently eligible for naturalization and citizenship and they haven’t taken advantage of it,” said Villaraigosa,

The participants were even provided with free educational materials like flash cards and materials needed to mail their applications.

“I’m very glad that they are doing this kind of workshop so they can help everybody understand,” said Alfredo Guerra, who brought his wife, Berenice to apply for citizenship. “if you have a question, it’s very good to come here [and have] someone answer all your questions.”