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Police help woman to become U.S. citizen after her car broke down

Dealing with a government bureaucracy like the United States Citizen and Immigration Service (USCIS) can seem intimidating. For a young family from another state, all the frustration sometimes associated with the immigration process proved to be worth their while. Residents of North Carolina attempting to become citizens themselves may be interested to learn of the anxious moments the couple spent when their minivan broke down while traveling to a ceremony where the mother would finally become a U.S. citizen.

After nine years of facing numerous obstacles, a young mother who was born in Russia was on her way to the ceremony where she would pledge her allegiance and become a U.S. citizen. With only six miles to go, their minivan broke down and the woman was in danger of missing the ceremony that was so important to her family. Police arrived in response to their 1 a.m. emergency call, but were unable to get the car going.

The mother, father and 4-year-old daughter were bundled into the officer's vehicle and driven the rest of the way. The father, who is a medical student, remarked that they would not have received the same consideration if they experienced a similar problem in their home countries. While the father is still awaiting his opportunity to raise his right hand, the mother joined 49 others in the ceremony that day, with 52 more scheduled for a later ceremony.

The rules and procedures pertaining to immigration and becoming a U.S. citizen are complex and North Carolina families may come up against unexpected challenges. There may be countless forms and documentation to compile, along with affidavits necessary to secure the accomplishment of the family's immigration goals. They may profit from gaining knowledge about the laws relating to immigration along with understanding on the procedures of USCIS as they seek to make their American dream a reality.

Source:, "Chattanooga police officer helps woman to U.S. citizenship ceremony", Todd South, April 4, 2014

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