“We Are a Nation of Immigrants”
The Executive Office for Immigration Review’s (EOIR) Acting Director Thomas Snow delivered the keynote address and administered the oath of allegiance to approximately 75 candidates during a special naturalization ceremony held last week at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Washington District Office in Fairfax, Va.
“It is a privilege for me to have the opportunity to administer the oath of allegiance to our Nation’s newest citizens,” said Snow. “We are a nation of immigrants and all of us are connected, in one way or another, to the immigrant experience. Today, I was a part of honoring that immigrant experience and celebrating the decision to be a U.S. citizen.”
This event was part of USCIS’s annual celebration of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day. An estimated 9,000 candidates become citizens at 63 special ceremonies held across the country and around the world from Sept. 13-24.