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Citizenship Day event helps legal residents apply for citizenship

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PASCO, Wash.-- As election day approaches many are filling out their ballots and making their vote. Saturday OneAmerica, an immigrant advocacy group, held an event for immigrants applying for citizenship so they might be able to vote one day too.

The citizenship day reached out to legal permanent residents to help them take that next step to becoming a citizen. Immigration attorneys, paralegals and interpreters volunteered their time at Columbia Basin College in Pasco to help legal residents apply for citizenship. Specialist were there to meet one on one with people wanting to apply and answer any questions about their eligibility or what the next steps are.

OneAmerica representatives say they want immigrants to know there are many services out their to help with their application.

"To protect yourself and your family, you should become a citizen. And to exercise the right to vote, which is the most important part of being able to have your voice heard in this election process. Not just this year but forever," said Jazmin Santacruz.

There are an estimated 170,000 green card holders in Washington state that are eligible to become citizen but haven't applied. One reason people don't apply is because of the rising citizenship fee.

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