Immigrants Make This Farm Town Work. Now They’re Applying For Citizenship

    At the public library in the rural Morgan County town of Brush, Colo., Marissa Velazquez welcomes her students to class. It's a sunny Saturday morning, and today marks the halfway point in Velazquez's class, a 10-week crash course on American history, civics and English. Nearly all of the students work in either meatpacking or dairying. Everyone in it has the same goal: become an American citizen. In two hours, Velazquez runs through voting rights, the legislative process and some grammar tips. Pop quiz: When do we celebrate the venerable American holiday of Flag Day? Answer: June. Despite the fact that many natural-born Americans likely don't know the answer, Flag Day is a potential topic on the test for U.S. citizenship. While Velazquez runs through the history of voting rights in the U.S., she asks the students if any of them would have been able to vote in the mid-1800s. The answer is no. No student would have been able to vote in America's early years. The class includes middleOriginal Article