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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