AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventThe 31-year-old Hernandez has lived in Canyon Country since 1991. Her green card expires next year, and her husband Gabriel encouraged her to apply for U.S. citizenship. She and others like her have spent the last two months studying the branches of the government, memorizing the name of the chief justice of the United States and learning the meaning of Independence Day. They’ll need to know those answers and other historical information for the 10-question written exam that awaits them. Students on Saturday also got a lesson on the predators waiting to prey on their desire to become Americans. There are lawyers who will lie, and people who will rip off your money with promises to help with the immigration process, warned Marv Wilk, office manager for the Greater Valley Immigration, Citizenship & Education Services. He told them to get copies of all receipts and to keep their original documents. “Wherever you go, you have to watch out,” Wilk said. NEWHALL – They came ready to party. At the celebration marking the end of their nine-week citizenship class, in the back of the classroom sat homemade flan, sweet bread and tamales. But first, the 25 Mexican, Indian and other soon-to-be American students were honored with certificates for completing the College of the Canyons course preparing them for the interview and test they’ll take to become U.S. citizens. “I wouldn’t miss this for anything,” said Sandra Hernandez as she scooted to the head of the class to accept the framed paper. Most in the room had already experienced life’s hard knocks. Dressed in a shirt with the American flag on it, Roberto Panjoj came to the United States 15 years ago from Guatemala. There was no work in his homeland, and with its history of violence, the country left him with little reason to stay. He said that in America, he found work and a better life. It’s where he met his wife Maria from El Salvador. She enrolled in the citizenship class with him. “I love this country. I was given an opportunity here,” he said. “It’s very important to me to take my citizenship.” [email protected] (661)257-5254160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!