CHARLOTTE (AP) -- An organization in Charlotte that helps Latinos learn English and understand the U.S. legal system can now help immigrants pursue citizenship. The Latino American Coalition was certified this week by the Department of Homeland Security to help immigrants with a wide range of immigration issues. That means the group can now help immigrants navigate the long and often confusing path to U.S. citizenship. It is now one of about 14 organizations in North Carolina and South Carolina that have such a designation, and it's the only group in Charlotte. The nonprofit organization hopes to help immigrants avoid being taken advantage of or mislead. The coalition was founded in 1990 to help people learn English, find jobs and network. (Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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