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How Boston Encourages U.S. Citizenship

The city's broad-scale effort helps eligible legal residents navigate the tricky and costly process of applying for citizenship.

By Mayor Martin J. Walsh

My parents immigrated to the United States from Ireland in the 1950s, but it was more than three decades before my mother, Mary, became a U.S. citizen. Like millions of others, my mother had to navigate a complex, challenging, and intimidating citizenship process. Moving forward through the process of becoming a U.S. citizen was difficult for her, and it remains difficult for millions of legal permanent residents today.

Walsh lands in Ireland, evoking JFK

By Andrew Ryan
Globe Staff   September 19, 2014

SHANNON, Ireland — An emotional Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh landed before dawn Friday on Irish soil and paid homage to Shannon Airport, the point of departure to Boston for scores of immigrants, including his parents, and the setting of a poignant speech by President John F. Kennedy.

After touching down in driving rain, Walsh was greeted by his mother, dozens of relatives, 10 mayors from across Ireland, and a gaggle of local reporters.

‘The mayor is coming!’ Ireland relishes visit by Walsh

By Andrew Ryan
Globe Staff   September 18, 2014

In honor of the homecoming, the family house in Rosmuc, an Irish-speaking village of 500 in the craggy, desolate hills of Connemara, got a new coat of paint. A nearby church planned a special Mass for the return of a man described as “Connemara’s Kennedy.”

Further out the coast, the village of Carna is preparing for what a local newspaper portrayed as “the biggest day in its history.” They are painting too, and mowing grass along the stone walls.

As students return, Boston on alert for rental violations

Inspectors issue more than 1,000 tickets

By Jeremy C. Fox
Globe Correspondent   September 02, 2014

Mouse droppings. Exposed wiring. External padlocks on bedroom doors. A second-floor porch tilting at a precarious angle.

These were just some of the violations city inspectors found over the weekend in apartments where college students rushed to organize clothes, books, and furniture for the fall semester.

At Labor Day breakfast, Walsh gets his turn on stage

Luring politicians to the annual Labor Day breakfast thrown by the Greater Boston Labor Council is not much of a challenge.

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