Catholic organization helps immigrants through naturalization process

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BATON ROUGE, LA (LOCAL 33)(FOX 44) – Becoming an American citizen can be a complicated process. And without the right guidance, there are things that the eyes can miss.

“Sometimes the questions can be confusing. Say you haven’t been living with your former partner but you’re not divorced, but you’re not legally separated. Am I still married? Stuff like that,” said Pedro Gerson.

Pedro Gerson is a law professor at LSU. He and his students are here to help legal, permanent residents make the final step toward becoming us, citizen. And today, that starts with filling out the n400 form.

“It’s a stressful thing for most people. It shouldn’t be but it is.”

The Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge asks attorneys and volunteers to walk people through the naturalization process year-round. Carol Spruell, a spokesperson for the organization says this program helps keep people safe.

“It’s really easy for people who don’t speak the language well to fall victim to prey to those,” Spruell said.

Today’s event ended at four, but Spruell says they will offer more chances to help aspiring citizens in the future.

To find out more and to reserve a spot at the upcoming Citizenship Workshop, call 225-346-0660.

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