Memphis program seeks to help legal immigrants

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- The city of Memphis plans to start a program geared to integrate immigrants with legal status into society by urging them to seek citizenship and teach them about local governments.

Called Municipal Action for Immigrant Integration, the program includes broadcast public service announcements that urge legal immigrants to take steps toward citizenship.

Also included is a series of classes meant to teach immigrants how local government works and how they can participate. Courses in other cities have included information about city boards and commissions, and police and fire operations.

The Commercial Appeal reports that the National League of Cities picked Memphis as one of seven cities to participate in the project this year. The program won't cost taxpayers anything.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Belle Location: Tennessee on Aug 24, 2010 at 05:55 PM
    Dobber, when one immigrates to America they get a green card.(permenent resident status) Which means they are legally able to work and live in the U.S. After five years they can apply for citzenship if they so choose. So it is possible to be a legal immigrant WITH OUT citizenship.
  • by oliver Location: 37701 on Aug 23, 2010 at 03:54 AM
    thats why memphis sucks!
  • by dobber Location: roane on Aug 22, 2010 at 05:06 AM
    with legal status??? If they were legal why would they urge them to seek citizenship??? this is double talk!!!
  • by jb Location: knoxville on Aug 22, 2010 at 05:03 AM
    Hope this includes the English Language and how to speak and read it.


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