Many immigrants living in Los Angeles and all throughout California are working hard to realize the dream of becoming U.S. citizens. Because the laws governing the path to citizenship are complex, sometimes people can feel frustrated and overwhelmed by the application process. Attorneys who specialize in helping people achieve citizenship are trained to assist immigrants who apply for naturalization. The governor of one state is encouraging immigrants to make his community thrive and help develop the economy. Recently, Gov. Rick Snyder of Michigan co-hosted a naturalization ceremony at the state’s capitol, the Statehouse, where twenty-five people became U.S. citizens. According to his office, this was the first time a naturalization ceremony had been held at the Statehouse.
Gov. Snyder participated in the naturalization ceremony to celebrate the diversity of Michigan and to announce to immigrants that they are welcome to bring their innovation and talents to the state. Michigan has been in the news a lot lately because of the financial problems in Detroit, but Gov. Snyder hopes immigrants will be willing to participate in the state’s financial comeback. Many companies in Michigan were founded by immigrants or their children, so the state has a long history of prospering from the contributions of those who came to the United States from all around the world. The governor discussed the importance of the work of immigrants in the national economy as well.