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Elk Grove Unified Gets Federal Grant To Help Immigrants

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Elk Grove adult education instructors like Diane Villanueva have been teaching civics and English as a Second Language classes to immigrants for decades. But they haven't been able to assist with the naturalization application paperwork.   

"It's always been kind of nerve-wracking because we can teach the content but we can't help the students who need the help with legal issues."

That's about to change thanks to a new $160,000 grant from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
Kathy Hamilton with Elk Grove's Adult Ed program says the money will be used to partner with the California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation which will host several naturalization workshops.
"CRLAF will be bringing in law students from UC Davis to help guide and advise people as they're going through that process."
Hamilton says the grant will also be used to expand services beyond South Sacramento to North Sacramento and parts of San Joaquin and Yolo Counties.
In addition to Elk Grove Unified, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Stockton has also been awarded a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services grant.  Nationwide, 30 organizations are getting $5 million to help immigrants become citizens.
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