Skip to comments.150 service members take oath of U.S. citizenship on carrier
Posted on 06/15/2006 6:32:34 AM PDT by RDTF
NORFOLK - Sophia March had never even heard of the Statu e of Liberty when her airplane touched down in New York on April 10, 1996.
Coming from St. Catherine, Jamaica, she joined her father in the United States to broaden her world and prospects. Eventually, she entered the Navy.
While U.S. politicians bicker over the role of immigrants in the United States, Petty Officer 2nd Class March is clear about her roles as mother, Navy wife, and storekeeper aboard the Norfolk-based amphibious ship Kearsarge.
On Wednesday morning, March, 31, added another identity: U.S. citizen.
March and 150 other service members - veterans of scores of deployments to troubled seas and broken lands - took the oath of citizenship during a ceremony aboard the aircraft carrier George Washington.
"It's something I wanted to do," she said in her soft Jamaican accent.
Even as Congress considers immigration legislation, the military has made it easier for legal immigrants in the armed services to become citizens. The number of service members becoming citizens increased tenfold in a four- year period, from 749 in 2001 to 7,600 in 2004.
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The MSM can't help itself.
We are NOT bickering over the role of immigrants in our society.
The only issue related to immigration is ILLEGAL immigrants, a group of which, none of these people apply.
Taking the oath.... God Bless 'Em!
And having been accepted into the Military, would I be correct to assume they all speak English? /sarc.
Once they have served two years of their enlistment with honor this should be said to them, "you are now part of the greatest nation on earth, when would it be convenient for you to take your oath of citizenship."
As a 20 plus retired Navy vet it gives me chills of pride...
A curious question? Is it allowable for non US citizens to join the US military?
Depending on the country the answer is yes!
Thanks for the reply. I had no idea.
For many countries "yes", and it's a long and honourable tradition.
Thanks for the reply. I had not known that and indeed it is honorable.
Welcome Fellow Citizens!
These people are fantastic. We need millions more like them.
God Bless these new Citizens!
Welcome to these fine new citizens! Thank you for joining us.
Yes... there are plenty of Natives from Alberta Canada who are serving in the ME...
OATH OF CITIZENSHIP U.S. Navy sailors take the Oath of Citizenship at the naturalization ceremony held aboard USS George Washington while in port Naval Station Norfolk, Va., June 14, 2006. More than 140 U.S. sailors, Marines and soldiers from 45 countries took the Oath of Citizenship given by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Michael D. Blackwell II
I have no problem with people earning citizenship this way and have my respect for doing so. I just have a major problem with people illegally crossing the border and demanding rights and services they have no right to.
I've got no problem with that and I don't know anyone who does.
If you want to serve America in our armed forces then welcome to America! If you want to sneak across the border illegally then go the hell home.