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Fees deter many from citizenship

Advocates say cuts in services also play role

Volunteers, including lawyers, helped qualified US permanent residents like Santiago Vasquez and his two daughters, Maria and Mariana, fill out citizenship application forms at SEIU Local 615 near Downtown Crossing. Volunteers, including lawyers, helped qualified US permanent residents like Santiago Vasquez and his two daughters, Maria and Mariana, fill out citizenship application forms at SEIU Local 615 near Downtown Crossing. (Wendy Maeda/ Globe Staff)
By Maria Sacchetti
Globe Staff / September 28, 2009

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Nearly 300,000 legal immigrants in Massachusetts are eligible to become US citizens, but only a small percentage each year are reaching that goal, raising concerns that huge swaths of people are being priced out of the American dream. (Full article: 1252 words)

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