From Green Card to Citizen—One Woman’s Journey

LINCOLN, Nebraska. – After years of having to show a green card Norma Muñeton is green card-free. She’s now a US citizen. And she says it’s all due to a special citizenship class in Lincoln.

“This program from the Center of Americas help us a lot,” Muñerton says. ” They help us with the application, the exam questions, and study English to be able to understand more.”

Muñerton says that she feared failing the test but decided it was time to put that fear aside.

“I used to lived in California and than I moved to Nebraska,” Muñerton explains. ” Here it looks like there is a lot more people that speak English and I didn’t wanted to fall behind.”

Jane Shanahan is a US citizen by birth and feels many in this country face the same hurdles immigrants faced years ago, if not harsher ones, as she recently discovered when looking into her family tree.

“I found out that my grandma and my mom were not from the Untied States, they were actually from México”. Shanahan shared. ”

After unraveling her family’s journey to citizenship, Shanahan has become an advocate for immigrants.

“It  has changed my whole life,” she says. “Because now we can do scholarship for DACA kids.  I am able to support el centro and all of the latino community here.

 

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