A sign during an immigration rally. REUTERS/Mike Blake

A concert featuring the Hutchins Consort in Solana Beach on Friday will raise funds to help lawful immigrants in San Diego County navigate the complicated path to American citizenship.

The North County Immigration and Citizenship Center, a nonprofit organization affiliated with Solana Beach Presbyterian Church, is holding the concert and silent auction from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the church at 120 Stevens Avenue.

The Hutchins Consort is an Encinitas-based ensemble that plays on eight scaled violins designed and built by famed luthier Carleen Hutchins.

Nearly 700,000 people in San Diego County are foreign born. Many face cultural, linguistic or educational barriers that, regardless of their legal status, make it difficult to pass the U.S. citizenship interview.

Many immigrant families who are living in North County are gainfully employed contributors to the community. They are committed to a legal path to citizenship but must rely on nonprofit organizations for help.

Tickets for the benefit concert are currently on sale for $40 in advance or $50 at the door.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.