Photo: Naturalization Ceremony
The Department of Homeland Security has announced that the U.S. is expecting to welcome more than 7,800 new citizens from July 1 through July 5 at more than 100 naturalization ceremonies.
“The United States has a long and proud tradition as a welcoming nation, and we continue to attract hardworking people from across the world who want contribute to this country in purposeful ways,” said Homeland Secretary Janet Napolitano. “During Independence Day week, we welcome men and women who have come from all walks of life to serve our country and become our fellow citizens.”
The naturalization ceremonies during the Independence day holiday will occur at special sites important in American history such as the USS Midway Museum in San Diego, Pearl Harbor and aboard the USS Constitution in Boston.
Today 35 members of the U.S. military will become citizens with ceremonies at the Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan. Secretary Napolitano herself will naturalize six members of the military at the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, South Korea.
Major League Baseball will be playing a part in welcoming new citizens to the U.S. Nearly 100 people will take their oath of citizenship across several ball parks including the TD Bank Ballpark in Bridgewater, New Jersey.