21,000 Immigrants Granted U.S. Citizenship
National Citizenship Day was celebrated by welcoming immigrants to their new home country at the naturalization ceremonies held across the nation.
The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced Friday that it would grant citizenship to 21,000 immigrants during 335 naturalization ceremonies across the country in the next week (17-23 September) in celebration of Citizenship Day and Constitution Day. The first naturalization ceremony of this series was held Friday in Manhattan where 200 new Americans were granted US citizenship.
Ur M. Jaddou, Director of USCIS tweeted, “It is an honor to welcome our newest Americans on Citizenship Day and Constitution Day. Today is a special day at @USCIS – an agency where so many people come to work every day to help those at home and abroad realize the full meaning of U.S. citizenship.”
Besides these naturalization ceremonies, the President, government officials, politicians, celebrities, and other renowned figures acknowledged the crucial role of immigrants played in making America stronger.
President Joe Biden, in his Citizenship Day video message, said, “It takes courage to leave behind all you’ve ever known and start a new life in America. And Citizenship Day is a reminder that the job of every single one of us is to ensure that America remains a country worthy of immigrants’ aspirations … part of my Build Back Better initiative means recognizing the dignity and contributions of immigrant families–especially front line workers who have carried our country on their backs throughout this pandemic.”
He also wrote along with his video message on Twitter: “Immigrants come to America from different circumstances, but every generation has made us stronger. This Citizenship Day serves as a reminder that it’s up to us to ensure we remain a country worthy of the dreams and aspirations of immigrants from around the world.”
Similarly, the US Department of State official tweeter handle tweeted: “We join @USCIS in celebrating #CitizenshipDay and congratulating all of our beloved service members who received, or are working toward, their U.S. citizenship. Thank you for your dedication and welcome home.
Moreover, Congressman Charlie Crist took it to Twitter to celebrate her foreign roots. “I wish you all a Happy #CitizenshipDay! My grandfather immigrated to the United States when he was 14 years old to come to the land of opportunity – and millions of others have as well.”
Steve Sisolak, Governor of Nevada was of the view that “Immigrants are essential to our workforce, are an integral part of our communities and make Nevada stronger! On #CitizenshipDay we are reminded that we have a duty to provide immigrants a pathway to citizenship they deserve.”
Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher tweeted: “Today is #CitizenshipDay, a day to reflect on what it means to be a citizen and to celebrate those who have become U.S. citizens. Here in Houston, where nearly 1 in 4 residents is foreign-born, we have much to celebrate and to share with our fellow Americans!”
“Happy #CitizenshipDay! I am pleased to honor all the Hoosiers who have chosen to make America their home by becoming citizens. We need to create more pathways to citizenship for folks who call America home and contribute to our communities,” tweeted Congressman André Carson.
Let’s conclude by quoting the tweet of Senator Edward Markey: “I am calling for a pathway to citizenship through reconciliation for the millions of undocumented immigrants who call this country home. Dreamers, TPS holders, farmworkers, and other essential workers have been waiting for far too long. We must act now. #CitizenshipDay.”