Volunteers In Roxbury Help Hundreds Of Immigrants Apply For Citizenship

Citizenship Day in Roxbury

(Suzanne Sausville/WBZ NewsRadio)

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Saturday was Citizenship Day in Boston. Volunteers helped more than 400 immigrants apply to become citizens in Roxbury.

The event at Reggie Lewis Athletic Center was organized by Project Citizenship and the Boston Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Advancement.

Brenda, who is with Project Citizenship says immigrants are required to fill out a 20-page questionnaire and it can be daunting to do.

“They help people fill it out. We then have lawyers who check the form, make sure it was done correctly,” Brenda said. “We have people who help fill out fee waivers so that you don’t have to pay the normally $725 fee to become a citizen.”

Marta came to the United States from El Salvador 36 years ago. She said she’s glad she is on the road to citizenship.

Marta hopes to be a “role model” for her community, saying they “are so resistant to be a citizen. How we can change it? Make a change.”

She said she cannot wait to vote in the next election.

WBZ NewsRadio’s Suzanne Sausville (@wbzSausville) reports

 

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