Juan Cifuentes and his family never knew when the call would come.
For nine years, he, a sister and their parents waited in Pereira, Colombia, their hometown, outside Medellin. When he was 17, just after he finished high school, the approval for their visas came through. They were going to join his grandmother in New York City.
“It was challenging, but it was very, very exciting,” Mr. Cifuentes, 25, said of arriving in the United States in 2010. “Being an immigrant, you encounter things you never expect and feel things you don’t know about. It’s all part of the process.”
Mr. Cifuentes’s family was happy in Colombia, but they wanted a better life in America.
“It’s all about the future, about the opportunities,” he said. “Both of my parents, they wanted me to have more opportunities. There’s no better place than the United States. I would never get the same opportunities in Colombia.”
Mr. Cifuentes said he was proud that he and his family had arrived legally and was eager to apply for citizenship. When the time came in 2017, he turned to the nonprofit agency the Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement for help preparing.
The agency, based in Queens, provides a range of services to the predominantly immigrant community of Queensbridge, including English language classes, after-school programs and senior services. It is supported by F.P.W.A., one of eight organizations supported by The New York Times Neediest Cases Fund, which received ,000 from the fund last year to help its immigrant legal services program.
With free legal counsel from the program, Mr. Cifuentes was able to navigate the complicated system, and in September, he was sworn in as a citizen.
In 2017, Mr. Cifuentes graduated from the State University of New York, Albany, where he majored in accounting; he now works at Ernst & Young as an auditor. On the weekends, he helps out at his father’s restaurant in Astoria, Los Perros De Chucho.
“My family and I are very proud of everything we’ve done so far,” he said. “We don’t take it granted.”
The family still lives together in a house in Corona, Queens. His mother and sister have also become citizens, and his father is in the process of applying, too
The legal services program was started in 2009 in order to meet the needs of a growing immigration population. As it began offering English language classes, it became apparent that those students “had a lot of barriers in their lives outside of learning English,” said Sophie Simon, the agency’s immigrant services director.
“One of the biggest ones was legal status and not having access to have affordable legal services,” she said.
Since 2009, Paula Forero, an immigration lawyer, has spent 5 to 10 hours a week meeting with Riis Settlement clients to help guide them through their issues. The grant last year went toward her services. Her clients include some in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as Dreamers, and others like Mr. Cifuentes, who are trying to obtain citizenship.
“We’re very lucky that New York City is very open to immigrants,” Ms. Forero said. “It understands and thrives on an immigration population. It gives people peace of mind.”
Ms. Forero sees about 200 clients every year, a number that has grown since the Trump administration, as more people face deportation or are concerned about their status.
Alberto Perez Smith first came to the Riis Neighborhood Settlement for its English language program. He arrived in New York in 2016 from Cuba after eight months of travel across South and Central America.
He left Havana to come to New York to see his father, who had lung cancer, and arrived just a month before he died. At the time, Mr. Smith did not speak any English and had no form of identification. Ms. Simon and Ms. Forero helped him obtain a city ID card.
His first attempt at applying for citizenship through another service failed because it was mishandled, they said, but Ms. Forero was able to untangle the problem after he learned about the agency’s legal services.
Mr. Smith received his green card in November and is on track to apply for citizenship in the next few years.
“Thank you, thank you, thank you,” he said to Ms. Forero. “That process is not easy.”
Ms. Forero said, “It could have gone very differently,” adding that under current procedures, Mr. Smith could have been referred to an immigration judge.
Mr. Smith now works for a cleaning service in Manhattan and is in the process of applying to LaGuardia Community College to study technology.
He said his advice for others coming to America is to remember: “There’s always someone who has it worse than you. Try to make things good for other people.”B:
福利3d2017年全年开奖结果【圣】【洁】【的】【六】【翼】【翅】【膀】【一】【震】，【贞】【德】【整】【个】【人】【飞】【向】【天】【空】，【只】【要】【自】【己】【在】【空】【中】【就】【应】【该】【能】【摆】【脱】【王】【峰】【的】【压】【制】！ 【空】【斗】【是】【有】【距】【离】【限】【制】【的】，【必】【须】【在】【高】【度】【一】【百】【米】【以】【内】【的】【空】【间】【战】【斗】，【这】【也】【是】【高】【清】【摄】【像】【飞】【机】【能】【够】【全】【面】【覆】【盖】【的】【高】【度】，【再】【高】【就】【没】【有】【设】【立】【那】【么】【多】【的】【高】【清】【摄】【像】【飞】【机】【了】。 “【想】【跑】？【没】【那】【么】【容】【易】！”【王】【峰】【手】【中】【的】【卡】【牌】【一】【闪】，【泽】【尔】·【暗】【影】【斗】【篷】【出】【现】
【死】【死】【的】【盯】【着】【奥】【卡】【维】【思】【身】【后】【的】【男】【人】，【微】【生】【纳】【落】【实】【在】【不】【敢】【相】【信】【自】【己】【的】【眼】【睛】，【谁】【能】【想】【到】，【人】【类】【社】【会】【四】【大】【笛】【之】【一】【的】【卡】【斯】【普】【恩】【竟】【然】【会】【和】【奥】【卡】【维】【思】【站】【在】【了】【一】【起】，【想】【到】【自】【己】【对】【卡】【斯】【普】【恩】【的】【信】【任】，【微】【生】【纳】【落】【的】【的】【脸】【色】【便】【变】【的】【有】【些】【苍】【白】。 “【为】【什】【么】【要】【这】【样】【做】，【卡】【斯】【普】【恩】，【我】【如】【此】【信】【任】【你】，【你】【就】【这】【样】【背】【叛】【我】【吗】？” 【相】【比】【于】【奥】【卡】【维】【思】，【微】
【不】【忍】【心】【再】【想】【下】【去】，【灵】【儿】【赶】【紧】【着】【手】【准】【备】【起】【各】【种】【伤】【药】【和】【治】【伤】【时】【需】【要】【用】【到】【的】【东】【西】。【依】【眼】【下】【的】【情】【况】【来】【看】，【这】【个】【客】【栈】【阳】【哥】【哥】【最】【好】【还】【是】【不】【要】【再】【回】【了】。【龙】【山】【村】【也】【不】【宜】【久】【留】。【等】【逸】【兴】【门】【的】【兄】【弟】【过】【来】，【他】【们】【立】【马】【就】【离】【开】。 【客】【栈】【外】【头】【还】【有】【些】【吵】【杂】。【那】【些】【官】【兵】【自】【然】【无】【法】【通】【过】【验】【伤】【找】【到】【他】【们】【口】【中】【的】【刺】【客】，【可】【他】【们】【又】【怎】【会】【舍】【得】【轻】【易】【放】【弃】？ 【灵】【儿】
【许】【大】【总】【裁】【从】【厨】【房】【里】【出】【来】，【正】【好】【就】【听】【到】【了】【亲】【亲】【老】【婆】【的】【话】。【他】【站】【在】【那】【里】，【狠】【狠】【地】【瞪】【了】【大】【儿】【子】【一】【眼】，【然】【后】【若】【无】【其】【事】【地】【走】【过】【去】，“【阿】【旭】，【等】【会】【你】【去】【书】【房】，【书】【桌】【上】【有】【一】【份】【文】【件】，【你】【看】【着】【做】【了】【吧】。” 【亲】【亲】【老】【婆】【的】【面】【膜】【是】【属】【于】【他】【的】，【拿】【他】【的】【面】【膜】，【肯】【定】【得】【再】【拿】【一】【份】【文】【件】。 【许】【沐】【旭】：“……” 【额】…… 【他】【做】【错】【了】【什】【么】？
“【地】【仙】【啊】……” 【许】【仙】【嘴】【里】【喃】【喃】【着】，“【不】【知】【道】【何】【时】【我】【也】【能】【达】【到】【这】【一】【步】……” 【白】【素】【贞】【听】【到】【他】【的】【话】【后】，【笑】【道】：“【放】【心】【好】【了】，【凭】【汉】【文】【你】【的】【天】【资】，【绝】【对】【可】【以】【的】，【只】【是】【时】【间】【长】【短】【的】【问】【题】【罢】【了】。”【她】【毫】【不】【怀】【疑】【许】【仙】【日】【后】【的】【成】【就】，【只】【要】【他】【肯】【勤】【勉】【修】【持】，【不】【改】【道】【心】，【终】【会】【踏】【上】【仙】【道】。 【许】【仙】【慢】【慢】【闭】【上】【双】【眼】，【脑】【海】【中】【闪】【过】【自】【来】【到】【这】【个】福利3d2017年全年开奖结果【明】【天】【刷】【新】 【【再】【有】【下】【次】，【你】【的】【东】【西】【别】【想】【要】【了】】【凤】【毒】【声】【音】【很】【冷】。 【【晓】【得】【了】【这】【么】【凶】【干】【嘛】【呀】】【孤】【南】【小】【声】【比】【比】。 【凤】【毒】【有】【一】【瞬】【间】【就】【忍】【不】【住】【了】，【想】【进】【去】【系】【统】【空】【间】【给】【孤】【南】【一】【顿】【毒】【打】。 【给】【他】【这】【副】【病】【怏】【怏】【的】【身】【体】【是】【要】【做】【什】【么】？【让】【他】【被】【小】【弱】【鸡】【给】【碾】【压】？ 【啧】，【真】【有】【意】【思】【啊】。 【凤】【毒】【觉】【得】【他】【现】【在】【浑】【身】【上】【下】【都】【使】【不】【出】【一】【点】【力】【气】，
“【额】” 【嫣】【女】【轻】【轻】【摇】【头】，【暗】【道】【伏】【龙】【城】【生】【灵】【在】【夸】【人】【时】【能】【稍】【微】【正】【常】【一】【点】【吗】，【大】【人】【你】【真】【猛】【这】【怎】【么】【听】【起】【来】【感】【觉】【有】【些】【怪】【怪】【的】。【对】【了】【那】【个】【苍】【鬼】，【果】【然】【不】【太】【行】，【师】【尊】【现】【在】【不】【灭】【第】【九】【境】【法】【力】【能】【催】【动】【的】【力】【量】，【远】【超】【过】【自】【己】【想】【象】，【水】【货】【无】【上】【与】【无】【上】【榜】【排】【名】【靠】【后】【的】【那】【些】【家】【伙】，【应】【该】【都】【能】【轻】【松】【拍】【死】。 【至】【于】【之】【前】【在】【盖】【世】【神】【宗】【灭】【掉】【的】
【栗】【夫】【人】【如】【愿】【坑】【到】【栗】【海】【棠】，【不】【仅】【保】【住】【万】【贯】【家】【财】，【回】【家】【后】【还】【能】【在】【丈】【夫】【面】【前】【风】【光】【一】【把】。【瞧】【着】【海】【棠】【装】【模】【作】【样】【的】【天】【真】，【她】【就】【忍】【不】【住】【想】【笑】【出】【声】。 【栗】【海】【棠】【懊】【恼】【自】【己】【太】【轻】【敌】，【她】【得】【意】【忘】【形】【的】【一】【句】【戏】【言】【竟】【被】【栗】【夫】【人】【利】【用】，【为】【栗】【族】【长】【省】【下】【大】【笔】【银】【子】。【不】【知】【传】【到】【师】【父】【的】【耳】【朵】【里】，【会】【不】【会】【一】【怒】【之】【下】【当】【众】【打】【她】【的】【小】【屁】【屁】。 【呜】【呜】【呜】，【栗】【夫】【人】【果】【然】
【陛】【下】，【是】【明】【面】【上】，【只】【是】【在】【奖】【赏】【别】【人】，【只】【是】【比】【较】【起】【来】【才】【算】【是】【受】【了】【罚】，【那】【些】【大】【臣】【没】【有】【理】【由】【迁】【怒】【于】【陛】【下】。 【是】【一】【种】【处】【世】【态】【度】，【入】【世】【之】【法】，【并】【非】【同】【流】【合】【污】，【褒】【义】【词】。【是】【有】“【和】【其】【光】，【同】【其】【尘】”【之】【心】【灵】；【对】【别】【人】【要】【有】【宽】【恕】【之】【量】，【对】【谤】【语】【要】【有】【忍】【辱】【之】【量】，【对】【忠】【言】【要】【有】【虚】【受】【之】【量】，【对】【事】【物】【要】【有】【容】【纳】【之】【量】。 【悕】【雪】【半】【信】【半】【疑】……【都】【提】【出】
【姜】【蘅】【话】【一】【说】【出】【口】，【其】【实】【就】【明】【白】【过】【来】【自】【己】【着】【了】【陆】【雪】【诺】【的】【道】。【她】【和】【秦】【关】【的】【对】【话】，【声】【音】【并】【不】【小】，【而】【且】【也】【没】【有】【避】【讳】【她】，【怎】【么】【可】【能】【就】【听】【不】【到】【嘛】！【这】【小】【机】【灵】【鬼】【就】【想】【看】【她】【的】【笑】【话】。 【姜】【蘅】【不】【怀】【好】【意】【地】【瞪】【她】【一】【眼】。 【陆】【雪】【诺】【早】【就】【知】【道】【她】【的】【反】【应】，【得】【意】【地】【笑】【了】【笑】，【因】【盒】【子】【被】【抽】【走】【而】【孤】【零】【零】【落】【在】【桌】【面】【上】【的】【手】【指】【头】【轻】【轻】【点】【了】【几】【下】，【蹬】【蹬】【蹬】【的】【声】