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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Tulsa is among more than a dozen U.S. cities receiving grants to help immigrants become citizens.

Other cities that received America is Home grants include Milwaukee, Salt Lake City, Birmingham, Alabama; and York, Pennsylvania.

Oklahoma’s second largest city will get $50,000 from a national group plus $25,000 from local donations to help immigrants with legal costs, test prep and other potential barriers to citizenship. Officials estimate Tulsa County is home to 10,000 legal permanent residents eligible to become citizens.

YWCA Tulsa will use America is Home grants from the National Partnership for New Americans and private donors to offer exam classes, English lessons and reliable information about the naturalization process.

Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum has promoted a plan to help immigrants feel welcome in Tulsa.