Newly naturalized citizens urged to stay engaged
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Anis Akram was an exchange student who traveled from Pakistan to study in South Dakota in 2003.
Despite dodging questions from classmates about whether he rode a...
MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (AP) — The Latest on presidential candidates on July Fourth (all times local):
Candidates collided Thursday at the Iowa Cubs ballpark in Des Moines when...
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — Eighty-one candidates are scheduled to be sworn in as U.S. citizens at a July Fourth ceremony in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
NEW YORK (AP) — Fifty-two people became U.S. citizens on Tuesday during a naturalization ceremony held at New York's 9/11 Memorial & Museum.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Several new state laws are being set in motion starting in July, from a required high school state government test to allowing wrongfully incarcerated individuals to collect...
Florida woman becomes US citizen at age 103
MIAMI (AP) — A Florida woman has become a U.S. citizen at the age of 103.
Miami-Dade Commissioner Jean Monestime says Andrea Joseph took the oath of citizenship on Friday, just a few months...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Federal prosecutors in Kansas City say a Lee's Summit woman is among three Kenyan nationals indicted in a marriage fraud conspiracy.
DALLAS (AP) — Former President George W. Bush welcomed new U.S. citizens Monday during a naturalization ceremony in Dallas, saying that "amid all the complications of policy, may we never forget...
23 from 13 countries take oath as new US citizens in Vermont
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — There are 23 new United States citizens following a naturalization ceremony held in the gymnasium of a Vermont middle school.
Trump celebrates new citizens in Oval Office ceremony
WASHINGTON (AP) — On a day focused on his demand for a border wall, President Donald Trump used music and pageantry to welcome "the five newest members of our great American family" during a naturalization ceremony in the Oval Office.
In a ceremony Saturday that began to the strains of a violin and ended with a booming national anthem, Trump celebrated the five new Americans from Iraq, Britain, South Korea, Jamaica and Bolivia.
NY naturalization program aided 6,100 immigrants in ’18
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — State officials say 6,100 immigrants living in New York state participated in a government program last year that helps them on the path to naturalization.
The administration of Gov. Andrew Cuomo released the numbers for the NaturalizeNY program on Wednesday. It's a record level of participants since the program began in 2016.
Denmark requires new citizens to shake hands at ceremony
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Denmark has adopted a law requiring anyone who becomes a Danish citizen to shake hands at the naturalization ceremony. The move is widely seen as aimed at some Muslims who for religious reasons decline to touch members of the opposite sex.
In a 55-23 vote with 30 lawmakers abstaining, the law was adopted in Parliament on Thursday.
Lawmakers also approved funding for a plan to banish rejected asylum-seekers or those with a criminal record to an island.
Ginsburg reveals family story to new US citizens
Tulsa receives grant to help immigrants become citizens
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Tulsa is among more than a dozen U.S. cities receiving grants to help immigrants become citizens.
Oklahoma's second largest city will get $50,000 from a national group plus $25,000 from local donations to help immigrants with legal costs, test prep and other potential barriers to citizenship. Officials estimate Tulsa County is home to 10,000 legal permanent residents eligible to become citizens.
Iranian man sues over 2-year wait for citizenship interview
DENVER (AP) — An Iranian man living in Colorado has filed a federal lawsuit against U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and other federal officials, claiming they are violating law for failing to conduct a citizenship interview.
Newest US citizens have ceremony at historic Fort Clatsop
ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — After taking the oath of citizenship at Lewis and Clark National Historical Park, Lis Campos immediately turned her head right and smiled at her father, Jardiel Campos.
The father had already earned his citizenship after fleeing from Cuba in 2000. Now, the daughter was following suit.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — More than a year after a former interpreter for U.S. military forces in Iraq was pulled out of a U.S. citizenship ceremony without explanation, he's about to be naturalized.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Haeder Al Anbki was all set to become a U.S. citizen last year.
The former interpreter for U.S. forces in Iraq, who had been shot and stabbed during his service, was at a June 2017 naturalization ceremony in Fort Benning, Georgia, for 20 immigrant recruits when he was stopped and told he wouldn't be participating. No explanation was given other than "there was a problem in the system," according to a lawsuit he filed last month in the District of Columbia.
200 new citizens to be naturalized
BOSTON (AP) — Approximately 200 people will become new citizens of the United States at ceremony in Massachusetts.
The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston will host a celebration of the naturalization presided by the Honorable Judge Mary Page Kelley for the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts on Wednesday. The group will be addressed by Vartan Gregorian, president of philanthropic foundation Carnegie Corporation of New York
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A Vietnamese woman who lived apart from her daughter for 18 years is celebrating receiving her U.S. citizenship in Nebraska.
Tu Tran, 62, became a naturalized citizen last week, the Omaha World-Herald reported . She's the mother of Chinh Doan, a reporter at KETV in Omaha who spoke at the naturalization ceremony.
CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — Several dozen people are among the newest United States citizens following a naturalization ceremony aboard a battleship in New Jersey.
NJ.com reports that 44 people from 26 different countries ranging from Bangladesh to Vietnam were administered the oath of allegiance Wednesday by U.S. District Court Deputy Clerk Trish Hruschka.
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — More than 100 people have celebrated Independence Day in New Hampshire by becoming U.S. citizens.
The Wednesday naturalization ceremony took place at at Strawbery Banke in Portsmouth as part of the museum's annual "American Celebration."
Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan, and Gov. Chris Sununu attended the ceremony set to be presided over by Judge Joseph Laplante. The 102 people becoming citizens come from 48 countries.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is making an unsubstantiated assertion that the Obama administration granted 2,500 Iranians citizenship as part of a 2015 nuclear deal that sought to limit Tehran's weapons program.
Nothing in the agreement speaks to the naturalization of Iranians. Indeed, according to U.S. naturalization figures, the number of Iranians who were granted citizenship barely increased during final negotiations, actually falling after the July 2015 deal was signed.
SOUTHPORT, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina is rolling out a welcome mat for the nation's newest citizens.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services officials will welcome those new citizens during a special naturalization ceremony at the Fort Johnson Garrison House in Southport Tuesday.
A U.S. Magistrate Judge will administer the oath of allegiance to 48 candidates.
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A court has affirmed the immigration fraud conviction of a Rwandan man who lied to gain entry into the U.S. and was living in Cedar Rapids.
The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday affirmed the conviction of 57-year-old Ken Ngombwa, who was convicted in 2016 of naturalization fraud, conspiracy to unlawfully procure citizenship and making false statements to federal agents.
He was sentenced to 15 years in prison and then will be deported.
KEYSTONE, S.D. (AP) — Nearly 170 people from other countries gathered at Mount Rushmore National Memorial to swear an oath of allegiance to the U.S.
The U.S. District Court of South Dakota held a naturalization ceremony Thursday at the national landmark symbolizing American freedom and the nation's history.
Thursday was Flag Day, in honor of June 14, 1777, when the Second Continental Congress adopted the Stars and Stripes as the young nation's flag.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The U.S. government agency that oversees immigration applications is launching an office that will focus on identifying Americans who are suspected of cheating to get their citizenship and seek to strip them of it.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jury selection began Monday in the federal trial of a Liberian man accused of lying on his U.S. citizenship application about his ties to convicted war criminals, including former Liberian President Charles Taylor, just months after another man from the west African country was sentenced to decades in prison in a similar case.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Museum of History & Culture will celebrate America's Independence Day by hosting a naturalization ceremony for 100 people from nearly 50 countries.
The candidates for citizenship will take the Oath of Allegiance on the front terrace of the museum on July 4. Chief Judge Roger Gregory of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will officiate.
DETROIT (AP) — Fifteen months ago, Yousef Ajin was in federal detention, separated from his family and facing deportation.
Now the 49-year-old Ann Arbor father of four is a bonafide citizen of the United States.
After winning his battle to stay in the country with his U.S.-citizen wife and children, the longtime Ann Arbor resident was among 80 immigrants from 27 countries who took the oath of citizenship during a naturalization ceremony May 10 at the U.S. District Court in downtown Detroit.
Fort Wayne's newest citizen is a 10-year-old adopted foster child from Mexico whose love and trust inspired family, friends and strangers.
Uriel Cochran became an American on Friday morning during a naturalization ceremony led by a U.S. senator at St. Jude Catholic School, where he is a fourth-grader. More than 100 students, teachers, family members and friends attended.
DANBURY — Kevin Sosa’s pride was almost palpable Wednesday as he watched his father, Felix Sosa, get sworn in as a U.S. citizen during a naturalization ceremony at the library.
“It’s really exciting,” said the 13-year-old, whose father came to the United States as a teenager from the Dominican Republic. “This is a really big step in his life.”
Felix Sosa said his mother brought him to this country many years ago for a better life.
DANBURY — The Danbury Library will host a naturalization ceremony at noon Wednesday.
Twenty candidates from the Danbury area will take the Oath of Allegiance to become U.S. citizens and Mayor Mark Boughton will give a keynote address.
The library has participated over the last year in the Peer Library Citizenship Coalition, a federal grant and program through the Hartford Library to develop resources for immigrants and new citizens in local libraries.
Each of their stories is different, but all of those welcomed Friday in a naturalization ceremony in Fort Wayne achieved the same goal : U.S. citizenship.
In the second of six ceremonies planned this year at the E. Ross Adair Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse, 47 people from 17 countries on five continents took the oath of citizenship, recited the Pledge of Allegiance and sang the national anthem.
Forty-seven new U.S. citizens were welcomed in a naturalization ceremony Friday in U.S. District Court in Fort Wayne.
The ceremony : the second of six planned this year : featured flags, certificates of citizenship, the pledge of allegiance and the singing of the national anthem. Judge Paul Cherry presided over the ceremony.
"I'm proud that you want to become citizens," he said.
Justice Department seeks to strip citizenship from two convicted Yugoslav war criminals
The Department of Justice is seeking to strip the citizenship from two Yugoslav nationals convicted of war crimes, including the murder of civilians and prisoners, for their actions in the early 1990s Balkans conflict.
For 14 years, Hector Barajas never abandoned his dream of coming back to the United States. Soon, he will return home to his family.
The deported veteran will become a US citizen in April, nearly a year after California Gov. Jerry Brown granted him a full pardon for a crime he committed before being deported to Mexico.
Barajas burst into tears Thursday as he read a letter telling him that he needs to attend a naturalization ceremony in San Diego.
Trump administration seeks rule change linking immigration status to use of public benefits
Thursday, March 29, 2018
Trump administration seeks rule change linking immigration status to use of public benefits
Deported Army veteran wins fight for US citizenship
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A deported U.S. Army veteran has been granted U.S. citizenship, a move made possible by California Gov. Jerry Brown's pardon of a criminal offense last year.
Lawyers for Hector Barajas said the government informed them Thursday their client should attend a naturalization ceremony on April 13 in San Diego. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services confirmed the decision.
Some of America's newest citizens were welcomed Friday in a ceremony in Fort Wayne.
Magistrate Susan Collins presided over the naturalization ceremony for 47 people representing 15 countries.
"We are truly a nation of immigrants," said Collins, whose grandparents emigrated to the U.S. from Lithuania. "This is what makes our country so unique among the nations of the world."
We’re a “nation of immigrants” — whether the Trump administration likes it or not
The United States has long taken pride in being a nation of immigrants. Our immigrant heritage has uniquely defined us and made us a better country. The Trump administration has never been comfortable with this simple truth and now has built its xenophobia into the mission statement of the agency that oversees immigration and naturalization efforts.
Mount Vernon marks Washington’s birthday with new citizens
MOUNT VERNON, Va. (AP) — George Washington's Mount Vernon estate is celebrating the Founding Father's birthday with a naturalization ceremony.
Mount Vernon is hosting the ceremony for new citizens Thursday at 1 p.m. Fifty-one candidates from 37 countries are scheduled to be sworn in.
The estate is also offering free admission to visitors Thursday, to celebrate Washington's 286th birthday. There will be cake.
Lee Zeldin bill would revoke immigrant gang members’ citizenship
A Republican lawmaker wants to strip U.S. citizenship from foreign-born gang members, in response to escalating violence from MS-13 and other immigrant-based gangs.
The bill by Rep. Lee Zeldin, New York Republican, is titled "Protecting our Communities from Gang Violence Act" and would revoke the naturalization of anyone who becomes involved in gang activity either 10 years before or 10 years after taking the U.S. citizenship oath.
Re: “Wall would be monument to appeasement,” Josh Brodesky, Other Views, Jan. 21:
As much as I feel for the struggles of people throughout the world, here are some definitions for Josh Brodesky to learn:
Dreamer: one who lives in a world of fancy and imagination.
Immigrant stripped of citizenship under federal initiative
CARTERET, N.J. (AP) — Officials stripped a New Jersey resident of his citizenship because they said he used a false name when he entered the United States more than 25 years ago.
As U.S. District Judge Rolando Olvera said, 244 people celebrated their “birthday” as new citizens at a naturalization ceremony held Wednesday at the Brownsville Events Center.
People that became naturalized citizens came from various countries such Bulgaria, Burma, Canada, China, Cuba, El Savador, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Nigeria, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Taiwan, Trinidad & Tobago, Turkey and the United Kingdom.
Citizenship requests hit new high in state, nation; more growth likely
WASHINGTON – Naturalization applications in Arizona jumped 48 percent over the past three years, to more than 19,000 last year, a number that advocates expect will continue to rise as immigrants look for reassurance in the current political climate.
The Arizona numbers reflect a national increase of 35 percent over the same period, according to statistics from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.