Demand for services at Multicultural Center increasing

The Multicultural Center of Cache Valley is a busy place according to its new director, Juan Mariano. He says the Center was established to help improve the lives of immigrants who are in Cache Valley and to help them increase their opportunities. Mariano says most of his clients are employed but the downturn in the economy has meant more people are needing jobs.”We’ve been seeing an increase in the number of birth certificate translations,” Mariano explained, “after the DMV required that all documents be in English, such as the birth certificate and other documents that need to be provided.”On KVNU’s Crosstalk show, Mariano said there is a high demand for bilingual drivers licenses. He says some of his cents are concerned about how they will be affected by the new immigration law in Arizona that Utah is looking to copy.Mariano was asked what he would like to see by way of immigration reform and he said it is important to seal the borders first, and that should have been done a long time ago. Mariano also said we should find a way for those already here who want to become citizens to do so. Mariano says a lot of people who come to his office want to do things right and he says they will do whatever it takes just to, “get a piece of the American dream that we sometimes take for granted.”

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