At a Get Covered America forum in Houston on Saturday, Latinos who have permanent resident status, also known as green cards, were instructed in Spanish on how to apply for U.S. citizenship and were encouraged to enroll in the Affordable Care Act.
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The two-hour “Neighborhood Centers Citizenship and Immigration Forum” attracted more than 100 people, all of whom appeared Latino.
Hosted at a community center in a low-income area of The Heights neighborhood, the forum was billed on the Get Covered America website as “outreach to people in the community who are seeking citizenship status and would like information about the benefits of the new health reform law.”
Benito Juarez, an immigrant and refugee affairs official for the city of Houston, said in an interview with The College Fix that the event was primarily focused on assisting those who already have permanent resident status with the U.S. citizenship process.
Get Covered America representatives, who advertised the forum on their website, were also on hand, encouraging attendees in Spanish to enroll in the nation’s new health-care program, as permanent U.S. residents reportedly qualify for federally subsidized health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.