Thursday, February 9th, 2017

Campaigns to Qualify New Citizens in Texas

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"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.