Friday, May 25th, 2018

Campaigns to Qualify New Citizens in Texas

"Just in time for presidential elections in November, citizenship
campaigns are rolling out for foreign-born residents who want to fully
and finally bridge the distance between their birthplace and their
adopted U.S.A.  Pablin Marin, a glass cutter by day, whips through
the civics lesson in his citizenship class at a Garland church, leading
his classmates on the mission of the U.S. Supreme Court.  “The
Supreme Court makes sure that laws are consistent with the
Constitution,” he says, reading from a prepared statement in his class.
“If they are unconstitutional, they are not valid.”  Citizenship
classes like this one are producing results. Naturalization applications
are increasing. For the first two months of 2012, citizenship
applications are up 21 percent over the same time last year, according
to the federal immigration and citizenship agency.