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Several Steps Closer to Citizenship

For the first time in the Panhandle the education and legal assistance for U.S. citizenship is united in one room.

Across the nation an increasing number of residents desire to become U.S. citizens but it is a long process that can be confusing.

Today I spoke with a local man who says he would not have considered applying for citizenship this soon if it was not for Citizenship Day.

Miguel Bedoy has lived in the United States for 10 years and is ready to be the first in his family to become a U.S. citizen.

"It's a great opportunity to get information first of all and it's really helpful for all people," Bedoy says. The Catholic Family Services Immigration Director says there are many people in the same situation as Bedoy.

Al Muniz says,"We have a huge need. We have alot of legal residents right now who have the right to become citizens, but they don't know the way and this to let them know what to do."

Bedoy says he is proud to be closer to having the rights of a citizen.

"I will feel just like you," he says, "I want to be able to vote for President and I want to have the same opportunties that people have in this country."

Local lawyer George Whittenburg says helping residents become citizens will give a voice to more people in our community.

"I think this will affect us positively," says Whittenburg,"For instance in Amarillo Texas Latinos or Hispanics are a large part of our population who are hardworking people. They love their families and they are very family oriented."

To become a U.S. citizen you must apply to take a test that covers U.S. history and the speaking and writing of the English language.

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