U.S. To Welcome 18,000 New Citizens In Presidents Day Ceremonies



Published on 18 February 2014


by Office of the Spokesperson

(WireNews+Co)

Washington, D.C.

Presidents Day in the United States is observed February 17 but the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will mark the holiday by welcoming approximately 18,000 new U.S. citizens during 148 naturalization ceremonies across the country through February 22.

“I am very proud that 18,000 immigrants will become U.S. citizens this week,” said USCIS acting Director Lori Scialabba. “It is special for our newest citizens to take their Oaths of Allegiance as we celebrate Presidents Day. Our newest citizens will help shape our nation’s future. Through the contributions they make, and by choosing to naturalize, they reinforce America’s unique heritage as a nation of immigrants.”

Above, Mari Carmen Jordan, foreground, a USCIS district director, administers the oath of citizenship during naturalization ceremonies at the Old Governor's Mansion in Sacramento, California, on February 13. Immigrants from nine countries took the oath of citizenship in time for the Presidents Day weekend.

 


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Posted 2014-02-18 12:23:00