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Fifty Central Texans one step closer to becoming United States citizens

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KILLEEN, TX (KXXV) -

Fifty people in Central Texas are now one step closer to becoming United States citizens. 

People from countries like Mexico, Peru and Poland have spent the last 14 weeks learning everything they need to know in order to pass the Naturalization Test. 

This year marks the largest citizenship class the Killeen-Fort Hood LULAC Council 4535 has had yet. 

They have been offering the free classes since 2014.

"I'm very proud because I was one of them, a student. I had one year that I came for a USA citizen, and now, I'm trying to encourage this community, these students that if I can do it, they can do it," Marisela Barrera, a new United States citizen and now citizenship course instructor, said. 

Now, the students are in the process of submitting paperwork and a $750 application fee so they can try and pass the test.

"This course was real educational. It informed us a lot on the civics and the history, the way this country was born on," Richard Michalski, a graduate of the citizenship course, said. 

For the students, like Michalski, graduating from the course was emotional since it brings them one step closer to becoming a legal citizen of the country they said has become home. 

The next Killeen-LULAC Council 4535 Citizenship/ESL course will start on Aug. 18 thru Dec. 8 at the Copperas Cove Public Library. Classes will be every Saturday from 2-5 p.m. 

For more information on the upcoming course, you can contact Raul Villaronga at rgvillaronga@gmail.com or call 1-800-KILLEEN.

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