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The Long Beach Moving Forward outreach organization hosted a free immigration workshop Saturday, Feb. 27, at the PCC to help people interested in naturalization services and resources.
The workshop in the new GG Building provided information desks along with collaborating organizations such as the Greater Long Beach Interfaith Community Organization and Centro Cha Inc.
Long Beach Immigrant Rights Coalition representative Alicia Morales said, “I believe people deserve the opportunity for the same rights as others regardless of their status. The fight for immigrant rights is a fight for human rights.”
Morales has worked with the organization for two years and has been an advocate for immigrant rights for eight years.
Visitors were informed and assisted in filling out important documents like the deferred action application, AB540, which gives immigrants permission to attend public colleges and universities, and applications in naturalization.
Naturalization applications cost $680, but a fee waiver is available for people using CalFresh or CalWorks. Deferred action applications cost $465.
Rohit Kumar attended with his wife and said, “Attorneys sometimes charge more for help like this. I’m happy to be saving a lot of money.”
Long Beach Moving Forward, along with other organizations, will host another naturalization workshop Saturday, March 26, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Caesar Chavez Park in Long Beach in the Senator Jenny Oropeza Community Center.