Thursday, December 23, 2010
Manuel Lara Lopez recently was sworn in as a naturalized U.S. citizen and was, in his own words, "muy feliz" (very happy). The Austin Statesman reports that "Lara, who has been a legal U.S. resident for the past 20 years, came to Texas from Mexico in 1979 or 1980 seeking a better life, he said. He cooked in taquerias in Houston for 20 years and in Austin for 10 years, until he was diagnosed with advanced intestinal cancer in May. Because he is too weak to leave his home, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services sent an officer to his home Tuesday to administer the test for citizenship. Lara passed the test."