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This new US citizen's story is a reminder of what it means to truly be American

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We are so proud of one of IRC's Citizenship & Financial Capability students, Clemencia Morales, who recently became a new US Citizen! Clemencia's story is a reminder to us all of what it means to truly be American. Her compassion and selflessness (like delivering 5,000 handmade masks and hot homemade meals to those in need during the pandemic), and her desire to give back to the country that welcomed her, is an American ideal we can all agree on. So if you're in need of a bit of positive news, look no further. In the words of Iris Schneider, her volunteer instructor, "It just meant so much to her to become a citizen. She said that America had made her dreams come true...It sort of restores my faith in my country right now, knowing what it means to people.”

Clemencia’s efforts towards citizenship were supported by of IRC's Integration Program, run by Integration Manager Jonathan Fein Proaño, in partnership with the Los Angeles Public Libraries, through which most of our citizenship classes are run. Jonathan Fein Proaño, who also teaches the classes, said “Clemencia is one on of our many success stories of how resilience, dedication and love for the United States is embodied in all immigrants becoming United States citizens. Each and every one applying for citizenship has a story to tell and wants to continue to tell their story as US citizen, and we are there to encourage them and empower them along the way.”

Read the full story here on the LA Times.

IRC student, Clemenica Morales, celebrates her newly granted US citizenship and continues to give back to the country that "made her dreams come true."

Photo: Mel Melcon / LA Times