Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Proving That 'We Are Useful Citizens'

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Proving That 'We Are Useful Citizens'

Article excerpt

Claudia Pedroza took a long lunch break one day last month. She left her office a legal resident and returned later that day an American citizen.

In between, she waited in a long line in the steamy afternoon air for about half an hour and then, flanked by 866 other naturalization applicants in a community college gymnasium north of Houston, held up her right hand and repeated an oath of allegiance to her adopted country.

The words, like the entire naturalization process, came easily to her. That's because she has lived in the United States, in Houston, since she was seven years old. In fact, with less accent than her birth in Chihuahua, Mexico, would seem to warrant, the only hint of her status as a noncitizen would have been to spot her in the line at North Harris College on June 21.

"I've lived here all my life," the 28-year-old accountant explains. "I'm going to live here all my life. And I want to be able to vote and be more active in my community."

She applied for her citizenship 1-1/2 years ago. …

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