It costs thousands of dollars for legal residents in the US, eligible to become citizens, to begin the process. On April 19th in Colorado, a Naturalization drive brought volunteers and legal residents together to file for citizenship.
Part of a nationwide Citizenship Day initiative, Ya es Hora ¡Ciudadania!, the drive aimed to give legal residents (those with Green Cards), who meet the requirements to apply for citizenship, help overcoming logistical and financial obstacles keeping them from the benefits and responsibilities of full American-hood.
According to one estimate, there are some 100,000 people in Colorado alone who meet the requirements to apply for Citizenship. Many of them are discouraged by filing costs, mountains of paperwork, and fear of mistakes.