Lawmaker helps immigrants become citizens

June 15, 2008 5:54:14 AM PDT
Saturday was Flag Day, a celebration of the symbol of our country. And for hundreds of Houston immigrants, it was the perfect day to take the first step towards becoming a US citizen. Congressman Gene Green of the 29th district held his 14th annual citizenship day event to help local immigrants navigate the costly and sometimes confusing process of becoming a citizen.

"We help people fill out the paperwork, get their photos taken," said Green. "We have immigration attorneys who donate their time to make sure those applications are correct."

Three-hundred-and-twenty-five legal residents were processed at Houston Community College's Northline campus. The event has become so popular that some people even camp out overnight to be the first in line. Some of the volunteers were immigrants who benefited from the service years ago and wanted to give back.

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