Scott ButterfieldWilliam R. Clark wrote last month that Credit Unions Should Not Serve Illegals, (CU Times, Nov. 5, 2014), a letter that has been on my mind and in my heart the past few weeks as I witnessed Lower Valley Credit Union prepare to host the first of its Citizenship Workshops Dec. 6.

Through national, regional and community partnerships, LVCU assisted 50 undocumented immigrants in completing the paperwork required to file an application for citizenship. More than 88% of LVCU’s members live in a low-income Investment Area and, of those, 43% are foreign-born Hispanics.

Since 1988, U.S. citizenship application fees for naturalization have increased 992%, from $60 in 1988 to $595 in 2007. While fees for adults have remained unchanged since then, citizenship certificate fees for children who derive their citizenship through their parents have increased from $255 in 2007 to $600 in 2010.

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