Saturday, March 03, 2007

Troops on Mexican Border Get Citizenship

The six members of the Texas National Guard were among those sent to aid the Border Patrol after President Bush called for 6,000 troops on the southwest border in May.

Pfc. Fabiola Jimenez, who came to the U.S. legally with her family when she was a teenager, said she had joined the National Guard in part because she knew it would expedite her citizenship application.

Citizenship will allow Jimenez to get a government job and enable her to sponsor relatives seeking citizenship, she said.

"I've been waiting for this forever," said the 23-year-old, clutching her bound citizenship certificate after the ceremony in U.S. District Court.


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