Baton Rouge charity helps immigrants on the path to US citizenship

Baton Rouge charity works with immigrants on frustrating paperwork

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A Baton Rouge area charity spent their Saturday helping people who want to become legal United States citizens.

The Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge put on a naturalization workshop at the Jones Creek Library this afternoon.

The event marked a chance for legal residents to get free help in navigating what can be a difficult citizenship process.

"Most of the troubles they have are the more time consuming parts of the application," says Ashley Idiaquez, of the Board of Immigration Appeals, "Letting immigration know where you've lived, where you've traveled, or where have you worked for the last five years."

Idiaquez says that people with criminal records could have a tougher road ahead of them, and that it would help to speak to an attorney, which they also provide.

Catholic charities have been offering immigration services since 2007. Charities say the program was inspired by growing immigrant populations following Hurricane Katrina.

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