Letter: Becoming a Citizen While Battling Homelessness

"Becoming a citizen of the United States is the highest honor that anyone who is not a native of this wonderful country could receive."

Every once in a while, we read a letter from our neighbors that stops us in our tracks.

This next one is a story of hope and perseverance.  A story of the unimaginable difficulties some people face as they chase their American Dream.

Alejandro, who sent us the letter, is proud of his new status as an American citizen. But without the tireless help of BakerRipley staff — and the generosity of our supporters — he was falling through the cracks of our citizenship process.

“Becoming a citizen of the United States is the highest honor that anyone who is not a native of this wonderful country could receive.”

It’s a situation many immigrants find themselves in. And as you will read in Alejandro’s letter, it’s a problem that can so easily contribute to homelessness in our Houston communities.

BakerRipley’s immigration team continues to work hard for our most vulnerable neighbors — in 2018 we served:

  • Direct Representation Cases: 620
  • Legal Consultations: 1,751
  • Citizenship Applications Completed at Forums: 416
  • Citizenship Students Enrolled: 169

Alejandro’s Letter:

Original letter in Spanish.