Local archbishop offers free citizenship workshop
MIAMI SHORES, Fla. (WSVN) -- A local archbishop is helping thousands of immigrants live the American dream by offering citizenship workshops in English, Spanish and Creole.
For the thousands who could be eligible for American citizenship and have yet to become citizens, now could be your time.
Archdiocese of Miami Archbishop Thomas Wenski said, "The obstacles placed before them are too daunting."
This is why Miami Archbishop Thomas Wenski and other local leaders have organized a one-day citizenship blitz, with the goal of naturalizing 1,000 people for free in June.
They're calling it the citizenship mega workshop as part of the Archdiocese's New Americans Campaign, and it has got congressional and city backing.
U.S. Representative Frederica Wilson said, "Most of them only lack the finances to process their naturalization papers. June 22 could be their day."
Representative Joe Garcia said, "This is important for all of us."
Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado said, "I guess that because you want to be part of this country, and jobs is the main issue."
But barriers like the price, paperwork, language and legal issues will be taken on by several non-profit partners.
Catholic Legal Services Attorney Randy McGrorty said, "As an immigration lawyer, I can tell you that my work is never done until my client is holding up that certificate of naturalization."
Come June 22, about a thousand more could be holding that very certificate.
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