Mayor's office teams up with public libraries to help immigrants become citizens

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A city system is looking to be a helpful source amid increasing tensions on the topic of immigration in the United States.

For many seeking information on becoming a citizen, a local library could be a new go-to place. New American Corners can be seen across public libraries citywide as part of an initiative to provide immigrants with the resources they need.

The initiative was created in conjunction with the mayor's Office of Immigration Affairs.

"We want to assist the entire community with all subjects, all topics. And one of the most difficult subjects at this point in time is how to become an American citizen ... how to navigate it so when people do come, they see it immediately and they don't have to ask us," says library information assistant Gary Makufka.

Something helpful that can be found on the shelves is a toolkit, that inside has a DVD with instructions on how to become a citizen, as well as other multimedia tools.

Makufka says since their work has been successful.

"There were several people that came in, and they had trouble speaking English, and they came in and immediately went to it," says Makufka. "Hopefully by this time, they became American citizens."

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