New citizen relishes opportunities

  • Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Leslie Cantu/Journal Scene - Josefina Resendiz and her daughters, from left, Lizbeth, 7 years old, Yesenia, 5 years old, and Jennifer, 10 years old, at Summerville Baptist Church, which teaches citizenship and English as a Second Language classes. -


After 10 years in this country, Josefina Resendiz took the oath of allegiance to the U.S. in November.
Now a U.S. citizen, the 33-year-old is happy about the opportunities open for her.
“I love this country,” she said.
Resendiz grew up in the village of Pacula, in the Mexican state of Hidalgo.
She got through elementary school, then helped her family on the ranch.
Her educational opportunities were far different than those afforded her three daughters, who attend Beech Hill Elementary School, a Palmetto's Finest school.
In this country, Resendiz said, there's “more opportunities for jobs, for living, for everything.”
Resendiz initially made her way to Atlanta when she came to the U.S. There she met her husband, who also came from her small town.
They moved to Summerville four years ago for his job with an electrical contractor.
Resendiz said she saw a flier in the library about citizenship and English classes at Summerville Baptist Church.
She had a hard time squeezing the classes in, as she watches her girls and two nieces, but she was able to attend a few and studied hard for the citizenship test, she said.
She was nervous about the test, she said, but it turned out to be easy.
Now she wants to improve her English, earn a G.E.D. and perhaps find a job, now that her youngest is in school.
Most of Resendiz's family has also migrated over the years. Her father is a citizen, as are some of her siblings.
She is most proud of her younger brother, who worked hard to get through college and begin a nursing career, she said.

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