Building on its mission to be “Democracy’s College,” Miami Dade College teamed up with Catholic Legal Services, the Florida Immigration Coalition and other partners to host information clinics for permanent residents interested in applying for U.S. citizenship. “The story of Miami is the story of journeys – journeys that are not only measured in miles but milestones,” said Randy McGrorty, executive director at Catholic Legal Services. “For immigrants in Miami, their journeys do not end until they take the oath of citizenship and formally join America.” The clinics, offered as part of the New American campaign, took place at 14 locations, including MDC’s eight campuses and outreach centers. Catholic Legal Services staff and immigration attorneys explained citizenship eligibility requirements to attendees and offered free legal advice on how to complete the naturalization process. South Florida is home to an estimated 400,000 lawful permanent residents who are eligible for citizenship, including 20,000 MDC students.
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