Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Houston Coalition Aims to Naturalize More Immigrants

Many immigrants have too much trouble passing the citizenship test, this new program will help some of them.    - - Donna Poisl

New America Media, News Report, Elena Shore

 HOUSTON – When Thanh Bui took her citizenship test, she was overcome with anxiety. The 78-year-old Vietnamese refugee was so nervous that she wasn’t able to answer the questions. After failing twice, she started to wonder if she should give up on her dream of becoming a U.S. citizen.

That’s when she learned that the Vietnamese American organization Boat People SOS offered citizenship classes. She enrolled in the class and after a year, retook the citizenship test – and this time she passed.

But immigrants like Bui now face an added challenge: As of May 5, the citizenship application doubles in length, from 10 to 21 pages.

Some worry that this change could deter eligible immigrants from applying for citizenship.
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