Refugees in Nebraska get help applying for green cards


For refugees that have lived in the U.S. for a year, the idea of applying for a green card can be daunting.

Sixty refugees living in Omaha got some help Saturday afternoon as volunteer attorney’s helped them fill out paperwork.

In 2008, Hamud Habane and son Mohamed and the rest of his family fled Somalia amid the violence of civil war.

“When your country is destroyed and there’s a civil war … you don’t know the reason people are fighting and it’s kind of tough for the family.”

After eight years of living in an Ethiopian refugee camp, they moved to Omaha last January.

“We really like being here so we don’t want to move to another city. We consider Omaha our hometown.”

Their family and dozens of others are beginning the path to U.S. citizenship with the help of Lutheran Family Services.

“We want to make sure there are no barriers for refugees as they take that journey to become citizens.”

Dozens of local attorneys volunteering to help refugees fill out paperwork to fill out green cards offering their services for free.

“Refugees often do not have the resources to hire a private attorney to get these legal service. Without the expert guiding hand of counsel, it is possible to make errors.”

Helping families with no home find one here in America.

“We have etched in the foundation of the Statue of Liberty says that the huddled masses are welcome in this country.”

This assistance is not lost on this family.

“It is a chance you have to take. If we do not take it, it is not good for us or the country.”

A chance they plan on taking full advantage of.

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