America welcomes 27,000 new citizens at events across the country

by Ray Clancy on September 17, 2014

More than 27,000 foreigners became American citizens this week at over160 naturalisation ceremonies across the country.

Constitution Week and Citizenship Day are celebrated on 17 September every year and museums, historic and public libraries, government landmarks and national park sites provide the backdrop to mark the achievements of the country’s newest citizens.

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More than 27,000 people became new US citizens this week

‘US citizenship is defined by what we have in common: equal rights, responsibilities, and opportunities,’ said Unites States Citizenship and Immigration Service (SUCIS) director León Rodríguez.

‘As we celebrate our Constitution this week, more than 27,000 new US citizens will now be able to vote, volunteer, participate, and become engaged in issues that are important to them and their families,’ he added.

An ongoing partnership with the National Park Service and an agreement with the Institute of Museum and Library Services allow USCIS to showcase some of the nation’s prominent landmarks and important community institutions during this year’s Constitution Day and Citizenship Day celebration.

National park sites hosting ceremonies span the country, from the Glacier Point at Yosemite National Park in Yosemite, California, to the Battleship North Carolina in Wilmington, North Carolina.

Other landmarks hosting naturalisation ceremonies include the Schaumburg Township District Library in Schaumburg, Illinois, the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum in Independence, Missouri, and the Morristown National Historical Park in Morristown, New Jersey.

In addition, USCIS deputy director Lori Scialabba administered the Oath of Allegiance to 40 candidates at a special ceremony on Angel Island in San Francisco, California. From 1910 to 1940, Angel Island was the site of an Immigration Station that functioned as the West Coast equivalent of Ellis Island.

Constitution Day and Citizenship Day are celebrated each year on 17 September in remembrance of the signing of the Constitution in 1787. Congress first underscored the significance of US citizenship in 1940 when it designated the third Sunday in May as I Am an American Day.

In 1952, Congress shifted the date to 17 September and renamed it Citizenship Day. Congress then changed the designation of this day to Constitution Day and Citizenship Day in 2004.

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Asif Rehman April 28, 2017 at 7:28 am

Hello Mates,

Can i get guidance of USA Immigration after TRUMP Govt. Please guide as my cousin is interested.

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Asif Rehman

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