July 3rd, 2012 by Eric J. Ramos
Commemorating America’s Independence day and its 236th birthday, USCIS is welcoming 4,000 immigrants to become American citizens. 4,000 immigrants will become American citizens during the special naturalization ceremonies in and around the United States. Alejandro Mayorkas, Director of USCIS said that the Independence day celebration is the commemoration of the proud history of this great nation. The special naturalization ceremonies through which 4,000 immigrants will be naturalized, mark an important occasion in their lives. They will understand the citizenship rights and responsibilities, in the founding documents of America, as they take the Oath of Allegiance.
The White House is the place where the capstone ceremony of the year will take place on the Fourth of July. At the special naturalization ceremony at the White House, President Obama will welcome 25 members from the US armed forces from 17 countries around the world to become new American citizens. Special naturalization ceremonies at Comerica Park in Detroit, George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens in Mount Vernon, VA, National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, the National World War II Museum in New Orleans, Saguaro National Park in Tucson, Arizona. and aboard the USS Constitution in Charlestown, Massachusetts, also mark the celebration of US citizenship, celebrating the Independence Day.
6 special naturalization ceremonies are planned specially for the members of the US armed forces. Special ceremonies for the military personnel show the commitment of the USCIS to them. 175 members of the US Armed forces will become new American citizens through the special ceremonies in Afghanistan, Las Vegas, Florida, South Korea, Honduras and San Diego.
A special ceremony at the Old Sacramento Schoolhouse Museum, on July 3 granted citizenship certificates to 14 children of immigrants. During that ceremony, citizenship certificates were granted as a proof of their US citizenship, as they had already derived US citizenship from their parents, who were naturalized before the children turned 18. All the special naturalization ceremonies of the USCIS are a part of the annual Independence Day celebrations.