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  • [2013] MLB star Jose Fernandez reunited with grandmother for first time since defecting from Cuba

    09/25/2016 4:19:07 PM PDT · by ETL · 19 replies
    CBS News ^ | November 14, 2013
    Jose Fernandez -the NL Rookie of the Year in 2013 - came to the United States by boat as a 15-year-old Cuban refugee in 2008. Along the way, he rescued his mother, who had fallen overboard. However, his beloved grandmother, who Fernandez calls a “baseball freak,” was left behind.“She’s the love of my life... my everything,” Fernandez said. The day before winning the Rookie of the Year Award, a shocked Fernandez was reunited with his grandmother in Florida with help from Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria.
  • 858 immigrants are accidentally given American citizenship

    09/19/2016 1:16:43 PM PDT · by EinNYC · 22 replies
    NY Post ^ | September 19, 2016 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON — The U.S. government has mistakenly granted citizenship to at least 858 immigrants from countries of concern to national security or with high rates of immigration fraud who had pending deportation orders, according to an internal Homeland Security audit released Monday.
  • More than 800 immigrants mistakenly granted citizenship

    09/19/2016 9:09:33 AM PDT · by jennychase · 36 replies
    yahoo ^ | 9/19/2016 | AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government has mistakenly granted citizenship to at least 858 immigrants from countries of concern to national security or with high rates of immigration fraud who had pending deportation orders, according to an internal Homeland Security audit released Monday.
  • 'So Help Me God’ Left Out of Naturalization Oath in D.C. Ceremony

    09/15/2016 12:48:44 PM PDT · by V K Lee · 12 replies
    https://pjmedia.com/ ^ | September 14, 2016 | Nicholas Ballasy
    WASHINGTON – Chief Judge Beryl A. Howell, appointed by President Obama to the District Court for the District of Columbia, left out “so help me God” while administering the Oath of Allegiance at a naturalization ceremony Wednesday. Howell asked the new U.S. citizens to raise their right hand and “repeat the ‘Oath of Allegiance’ after me.” According to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the oath goes: "I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty, of whom or which I have heretofore been a...
  • Clutching his tiny American flag, Redskins lineman becomes a U.S. citizen

    09/14/2016 9:43:18 AM PDT · by boycott · 10 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 9-14-16 | Dan Steinberg
    The latest story about an NFL player and a flag began Tuesday morning just after 11, in the great hall of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Frances Perkins building. All 45 candidates for naturalization held miniature American flags as they sat in plastic chairs and listened to government officials deliver paeans to the power of immigration. Those included the first two candidates in the front row, perhaps the smallest and the biggest of the 45. There was tiny Dahlia Lyons, a native of the Philippines and the only military spouse in the ceremony. And next to her was the 6-foot-5...
  • 104-Year-Old Woman Becomes U.S. Citizen After Two Decades

    08/27/2016 12:59:11 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 35 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | Aug 27, 2016
    A 104-year-old Jamaican mother became a naturalized U.S. citizen Friday, after living two decades in South Florida.
  • No, the Constitution Does Not Bar ‘Religious Tests’ in Immigration Law

    07/31/2016 7:51:28 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 37 replies
    National Review ^ | July 30, 2016 | Andrew McCarthy
    Of all the ignorant pronouncements in the 2016 presidential campaign, the dumbest may be that the Constitution forbids a “religious test” in the vetting of immigrants. Monotonously repeated in political speeches and talking-head blather, this claim is heedless of the Islamic doctrinal roots on which foreign-born Islamists and the jihadists they breed base their anti-Americanism. It is also dead wrong. The clause said to be the source of this drivel is found in Article VI. As you’ll no doubt be shocked to learn, it has utterly nothing to do with immigration. The clause states, “no religious Test shall ever be...
  • Melania Trump: Becoming U.S. Citizen Greatest Privilege On Earth

    07/18/2016 9:11:16 PM PDT · by Helicondelta · 23 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | July 18, 2016
    Stepping onto the national stage for her first big appearance of the campaign, Melania Trump, wife of GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, detailed her own personal journey from Slovenia to the U.S., and called her decision to become an American “the greatest privilege on planet Earth. Introduced by her husband, Mrs. Trump vowed her husband will “never, ever, let you down”
  • Hispanic activists’ anti-Trump efforts fall flat as citizenship push sputters

    06/09/2016 3:07:32 PM PDT · by orchestra · 8 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 6/08/2016 | Stephen Dinan
    Immigrant-rights advocates had vowed to make 2016 the year of the anti-Donald Trump citizenship surge, hoping to sign up a million new immigrants eager to send a message rejeting the GOP’s presidential candidate — but so far they’re falling short, with naturalization rates only slightly higher than four years ago. There’s little question that Mr. Trump’s outsized rhetoric has angered Hispanic activists overall, and Mexican immigrants in particular. But applications for citizenship are up just 6.6 percent compared to the same period in 2012, according to the latest data from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and actual approvals are down...
  • Obama Admin Funds Blitz To Naturalize Anti-Trump Voters

    03/29/2016 8:34:19 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 35 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 03/28/2016 | Chuck Ross
    The Obama administration is supporting several non-profit groups — with federal funding through a major White House initiative — that are part of an organized effort aimed at converting green-card holders into U.S. citizens in order to vote against Donald Trump, ... Through an initiative called Networks for Integrating New Americans initiative, which the White House formed in April 2014, the administration has partnered with the National Partnership for New Americans (NPNA), an immigration rights umbrella organization that has denounced Trump’s “hateful rhetoric.” In a recent post to its Facebook page, NPNA asserted that green-card holders “have the potential to...
  • Will the Dems let Cruz, born in Canada to a Cuban father, be Hillary's opponent?

    03/11/2016 4:42:18 AM PST · by chrisnj · 85 replies
    self | 3/11/2016 | chrisnj
    Will the Dems let Cruz, born in Canada to a Cuban father, be Hillary's opponent in the General election?
  • The US Citizenship Laws Say What They Say (electorate education)

    03/06/2016 6:48:24 AM PST · by patlin · 241 replies
    US Statutes at Large ^ | March 6, 2016 | patlin
    The Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 (H.R. 2580; Pub.L. 89–236, 79 Stat. 911, enacted June 30, 1968), a.k.a. Hart-Celler Act, 1965 Section 202 of the Immigration and Nationality Act... “(b)(3) an alien born in the United States shall be considered as having been born in the country of which he is a citizen or subject, or if he is not a citizen or subject of any country then in the last foreign country in which he had his residence as determined by the consular officer; (4) an alien born within any foreign state in which neither of his parents...
  • LAWS OF VIRGINIA, MAY 1779−−3d OF COMMONWEALTH

    02/19/2016 5:58:26 PM PST · by Walt Griffith · 26 replies
    VA GEN WEB ^ | 1822 | WILLIAM WALLER HENING
    CHAP. LV. An act declaring who shall be deemed citizens of this commonwealth. BE it enacted by the General Assembly, That all white persons born within the territory of this commonwealth, and all who have resided therein two years next before the passing of this act; and all who shall hereafter migrate into the same, other than alien enemies, and shall before any .......
  • Naturalization Major Driver In Surge Of Hispanic Voters

    01/19/2016 8:15:27 PM PST · by aimhigh · 23 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 01/19/2016 | Rachel Stoltzfoos
    Decisions by hundreds of thousands of Hispanic immigrants to apply for U.S. citizenship are driving the number of eligible Hispanic voters to record heights, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis. The Hispanic electorate is expected to grow to a record 27.3 million voters in 2016, primarily because millions of U.S.-born Hispanics are coming of voting age, Pew found. But the second largest driver of growth is naturalization. (RELATED: White House Launches Campaign To Get Immigrants To Sign Up For Citizenship)
  • Non-Citizen Deported for Voting in American Elections

    05/13/2015 9:39:52 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 38 replies
    P. J. Media ^ | 5-13-15 | Joseph Vanderlust
    The federal voter registration form has zero safeguards. She was only caught because she accidentally self-reported. Last week, the Department of Justice Board of Immigration Appeals upheld a decision to deport Margarita Del Pilar Fitzpatrick for voting in a federal election. Fitzpatrick registered to vote in Illinois using the federal “Motor Voter” registration form. Fitzpatrick’s criminal act is one more example demonstrating that non-citizens voting in American elections is not a myth. The opinion by the Board of Immigration appeals stated: On August 5, 2005, she applied for an Illinois driver’s license and signed a voter registration application in which...
  • Forty Years Ago Today, I Became An American Citizen

    01/23/2015 4:06:11 AM PST · by Tennessee Nana · 52 replies
    Self | January 23, 2015 | Tennssee Nana
    On January 23, 1975, in a courthouse in Portland, OR, I sat with many other grateful immigrants and listened as a local judge, himself the son of immigrants fron Eastern Europe, congratulated us and expounded on our new responsibilities as American citizens. He was as teary eyed as we were. Among our group was an 80 year old Jew from Poland. She had escaped with her family during the 1930s and had raised her children in America to be good citizens and to prosper. She cried and kept saying "Thank you" and we cried with her. Her attorney grandson explained...
  • Obama: Don’t Make It ‘Harder for the Best and the Brightest to Come Here’

    07/04/2014 1:16:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 124 replies
    Celebrating the ethnic diversity of America, President Barack Obama said more than two dozen foreign-born service members who became U.S. citizens at a White House ceremony on the Fourth of July are vivid reminders that the country is, and always has been, a nation of immigrants. He said the vast range of backgrounds and experiences that made America a melting pot for more than 200 years also makes it stronger, but that the immigration system has to be retooled for the U.S. to keep its place as the greatest nation on earth. "If we want to keep attracting the best...
  • Immigration group’s video: How would the average American do on the U.S. naturalization test?

    04/28/2014 5:30:44 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/28/2014 | AllahPundit
    Via TheBlaze, watch this and remember that these are the people who decide elections. Not you, not the lefties you see on Twitter breathing into paper bags about Thomas Piketty. It’s these people, the proverbial low-information voters, who somehow can’t identify a guy who’s been vice president for five years now and are still trying to master this whole legislative-executive-judicial thing. They’re the swing voters in 2016. Now try to sleep soundly tonight — if you dare.But first, explain to me what the point of this is. It can’t be … this, can it? Tony Hernandez, co-founder of the Immigrant...
  • Companies help immigrants obtain US citizenship (legal ones)

    08/03/2013 7:54:26 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug. 3, 2013 2:55 PM EDT | Amy Taxin
    For immigrants working toward the American Dream, some employers are now helping them reach their dream of becoming Americans. Health clinics, hotels and a clothing factory are pairing up with immigrant advocates to offer on-site citizenship assistance as one of the perks of the job in greater Los Angeles, Miami, Washington and Silicon Valley as they aim to make naturalization more convenient for the 8.5 million legal immigrants eligible to become U.S. citizens. The effort is billed as a win-win for both employee and employers: Workers avoid legal fees and having to shuttle to and from law offices to complete...
  • Treasury Secretary Uses Naturalization Ceremony to Plug Immigration Bill

    07/04/2013 11:25:28 AM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 7/4/13 | JERYL BIER
    At a pre-Independence Day naturalization ceremony at the Treasury Department Wednesday, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew used about one-third of his address to a roomful of newly sworn-in citizens to criticize the America’s immigration system and plug the current immigration legislation. According to prepared remarks, he told these newest Americans that "too many immigrants do not get a fair shot at the American dream. Too often, they are forced to live and work in the shadows." After singling out the stories of some of the new citizens and what America held for them, Lew continued [emphasis added]: ...You see, immigration is...
  • Can the surviving Boston Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's citizenship be nullified?

    04/21/2013 11:11:28 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 51 replies
    email | April 21, 2013
    A friend of mine made this comment to me via email: It seems to me that the surviving Tsarnaev brother's legal status as a US citizen should be nullified since he must have taken the oath of allegiance under false pretense. If it can be nullified then he would lose the protections afforded him as a citizen. What do you think?
  • Consequences of Citizenship (for American Samoa)

    11/14/2012 5:14:27 PM PST · by coconutt2000 · 10 replies
    PagoPages.com ^ | 11/14/2012 | Me
    The following is wholly my opinion and may contain factual or historical inaccuracies, but I did try to weed out what I could. My blog, my rules. I am reminded of the saying, "Be careful what you wish for, because you just might get it." Citizenship is a weighty issue. With it comes responsibilities and benefits, many of which aren't clearly taught in civics classes these days. First and foremost though, with citizenship the flag and the U.S. Constitution will follow. In American Samoa we have had the US flag flying over our islands for the past 100+ years since...
  • Background on Military Naturalization Ceremony at the White House

    07/04/2012 5:19:25 PM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies
    White House ^ | 7/4/12 | Office of the Press Secretary
    WASHINGTON, DC - On July 4, 2012, President Obama will deliver remarks at a naturalization ceremony for active duty service members in the East Room of the White House. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Alejandro Mayorkas will present the countries of the candidates for naturalization and Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano will deliver the oath of allegiance. The audience will be composed of the service members and their families. Other Senior Administration Officials will also be speaking at naturalization ceremonies around the country, including Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis in New York, Small Business Administrator Karen Mills and...
  • Obama to Celebrate July 4 with Naturalization Ceremony at White House

    07/03/2012 11:31:08 AM PDT · by DFG · 19 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 07/03/12 | Daniel Halper
    President Obama will celebrate July 4 tomorrow at the White House with a naturalization ceremony, the White House announced today. The president will be joined by Department of Homeland Security secretary Janet Napolitano. "On July 4, President Obama will deliver remarks at a naturalization ceremony for active duty service members in the East Room. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Alejandro Mayorkas will present the countries of the candidates for naturalization and Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano will deliver the oath of allegiance," a White House press release reads.
  • Naturalization push ahead of November election

    04/21/2012 12:40:37 PM PDT · by OldCountryBoy · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 21, 2:54 PM EDT | Rodrique Ngowi
    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) -- A coalition of groups supporting immigrants has recruited teams of volunteers to help push programs they hope will add thousands of new U.S. citizens to the voter rolls in several states in time for the November presidential election. The national push comes after Democratic President Barack Obama has failed to deliver on promised immigration reforms in his first years in office and his likely opponent, Mitt Romney, adopted harsh rhetoric on illegal immigration to win support from conservatives while campaigning for the GOP nomination. The Department of Homeland Security says an estimated 12.6 million people were...
  • NY Times 1859 Natural Born Citizen as Defined By The US Administration

    03/18/2011 8:38:52 PM PDT · by patlin · 94 replies · 1+ views
    NY Times Archives ^ | Summer 1859 | NY Times
    1859 Official Opinion of US Admin 1859 Opinion of US Attorney General
  • Bidens Attend Naturalization Ceremony in Iraq

    07/04/2010 3:59:10 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies
    CAMP VICTORY, Iraq, July 4, 2010 – Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, presided over a naturalization ceremony in Al Faw Palace here today in honor of 156 servicemembers who earned their U.S. citizenship through service to the nation. Vice President Joe Biden congratulates a soldier on becoming a U.S. citizen during a naturalization ceremony in Al Faw Palace on Camp Victory, Iraq, July 4, 2010. Biden's wife, Dr. Jill Biden, and Army Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, commander of U.S. Forces Iraq, also attended the event, during which more than 150 U.S. servicemembers became U.S. citizens....
  • Bombing Suspect’s Route to Citizenship Reveals Limitations

    05/08/2010 9:54:44 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 8 replies · 568+ views
    nytimes.com ^ | May 7, 2010 | NINA BERNSTEIN
    When Faisal Shahzad took his oath of citizenship a year ago, swearing to “support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies,” he seemed the model of a legal immigrant success story. Moving from one coveted visa to the next over a decade, he had acquired an M.B.A., a decent job, a wife and two children and a fine suburban home. Now that he has admitted driving a car bomb into Times Square, every step of his path to citizenship is under fresh scrutiny. One key question is when Mr. Shahzad turned against...
  • Illegal Status of Army Spouses Often Leads to Snags

    05/08/2010 5:37:59 AM PDT · by Flavius · 27 replies · 692+ views
    nyt ^ | 5/7/10 | Preston
    Lt. Kenneth Tenebro enlisted in the armed forces after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, signing up even before he became an American citizen.
  • Bomb Suspect's Citizenship Raises Questions About Naturalization Process

    05/04/2010 1:32:27 PM PDT · by libstripper · 41 replies · 1,288+ views
    Fox News ^ | May 4, 2010 | Fox News
    The suspect in the Times Square car bombing attempt is the latest in a series of U.S. citizens and green card holders to be implicated in a terror plot inside the United States, raising questions about the naturalization process that turns foreigners into Americans.
  • Nigerian native thrives as US Army Soldier

    12/06/2009 6:42:45 PM PST · by SandRat · 14 replies · 1,013+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt. Alun Thomas, USA
    Spc. Opeyemi Akinwumi, from Wylie, Texas, tightens the panels on the tail of an AH-64D Apache attack helicopter on Camp Taji. Akinwumi emigrated to the U.S. from Nigeria in 2005 after his mother won a green card lottery five years earlier, allowing both to become naturalized citizens. Photo by Sgt. Alun Thomas, 1st Cavalry Division. CAMP TAJI — Sometimes all it takes is luck to change the direction of somebody's life. Spc. Opeyemi Akinwumi’s life changed for the better, and he has his mother to thank for it. Through his mother's good fortune at winning a green card lottery, Akinwumi's...
  • Troops become citizens on Veterans Day

    11/12/2009 5:13:00 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 717+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt. Lindsey Bradford, USA
    On Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 157 service members became America's newest citizens during a naturalization ceremony in Al Faw Palace, Camp Victory, Baghdad. Photo by Lee Craker, MNC-I. BAGHDAD — A naturalization ceremony here on Veterans Day in Camp Victory's Al Faw Palace saw 157 U.S. Soldiers and Marines from 60 countries take the oath to become United States citizens. "How fitting it is that so many, on this Veterans Day, will gain their American citizenship while serving in 'America's Corps'," said Lt. Gen. Charles H. Jacoby, Jr., commanding general of Multi-National Corps - Iraq. "I can think of no...
  • Plan killed to make 'naturalized' citizens eligible

    10/16/2009 5:59:24 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 54 replies · 1,510+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | October 16, 2009 | Bob Unruh
    A congressional committee deliberated only five years ago a plan that would have opened the door to allowing immigrants and others who do not qualify as "natural born" citizens in the United States entry into the Oval office – but ended up killing the plan. One of the advocates for the plan was Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., whose comments still are available in an audio file posted at Talk Radio News. "I believe in the right of the people to choose as they wish. People say, 'Well you're amending the Constitution.' The fact is in 1789 the notion of direct...
  • FBI, Navy Foiled Alleged Terror Plot on Quantico

    09/25/2009 6:03:30 PM PDT · by SandRat · 24 replies · 2,442+ views
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 25, 2009 – An indictment handed down yesterday in a North Carolina federal court charges three men with plotting to attack Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., with the intent to murder U.S. military personnel. The men -- two American citizens and a legal U.S. resident from Kosovo – are Daniel Patrick Boyd, 39; his son, Zakariya Boyd, 20; and Kosovo native Hysen Sherifi, 24, according to Justice Department and Marine Corps news releases. The three allegedly were involved in a plot to procure maps of the base and assemble weapons as a precursor to an attack, the releases...
  • *Vanity*Personal Celebration/Anniversary

    08/16/2009 4:29:18 PM PDT · by TypeZoNegative · 25 replies · 935+ views
    The TZN times ^ | 8/16/2009 | TZN
    It's been 10 years to the day today that I became an American. I'm proud to be a part of this country, even though I was not born here.
  • Biden, Odierno Preside Over Naturalization Ceremony in Iraq

    07/06/2009 5:05:09 PM PDT · by SandRat · 11 replies · 612+ views
    WASHINGTON, July 6, 2009 – Vice President Joe Biden and Army Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, commander of Multinational Force Iraq, presided over a July 4 naturalization ceremony in which 237 servicemembers deployed to Iraq became American citizens. U.S. servicemembers take the citizenship oath inside Al-Faw palace at Camp Victory, Iraq, July 4, 2009. White House photo by David Lienemann  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. “You are the reason America is strong,” Biden told the soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines who hailed from 59 countries, including Iraq, during the ceremony in the rotunda of former dictator Saddam Hussein’s Al-Faw palace...
  • Face of Defense: Iraqi-born Soldier Becomes U.S. Citizen

    07/06/2009 5:00:22 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 318+ views
    Face of Defence ^ | Lt. Col. Pat Simon, USA
    BAGHDAD, July 6, 2009 – Red, white and blue are the colors associated with American independence, but this year, we can add another color: brown. An Iraqi-born U.S. soldier turned American citizen, Spc. “Brown,” right, an interpreter attached to the 225th Engineer Brigade, shakes hands with Vice President Joe Biden during a naturalization ceremony at Camp Liberty, Iraq, July 4, 2009. Brown joined 236 other U.S. servicemembers from more than 50 countries to take the U.S. oath of citizenship on Independence Day. U.S. Army photo by Lt. Col. Pat Simon  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Army Spc. “Brown,” an...
  • Naturalized Citizens Are Poised To Reshape California's Political Landscape

    05/10/2009 10:08:50 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 17 replies · 998+ views
    LA Times ^ | May 10th 2009
    Naturalized citizens are poised to reshape California's political landscape The increase in naturalized Asian and Latino citizens -- 300,000 people took the oath of allegiance in 2008 -- could alter the state's policy priorities for years to come, analysts say. By Teresa Watanabe May 10, 2009 More than 1 million immigrants became U.S. citizens last year, hastening the ethnic transformation of California's political landscape with more Latinos and Asians now eligible to vote. Leading the wave, California's 300,000 new citizens accounted for nearly one-third of the nation's total and represented a near-doubling over 2006, according to a recent report by...
  • Almost 1 of 2 new Americans in 2008 was Latino

    04/07/2009 12:07:33 PM PDT · by trumandogz · 98 replies · 1,859+ views
    ap via Google ^ | 4.7.09 | SUZANNE GAMBOA
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Hispanics made up nearly half of the more than 1 million people who became U.S. citizens last year, according to a Hispanic advocacy group. The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials said the number of Latinos who became Americans in fiscal year 2008 more than doubled over the previous year, to 461,317. That's nearly half of the record 1,046,539 new citizens overall in 2008, a 58 percent increase from 2007.
  • My wife was Naturalized today (vanity)

    03/25/2009 3:42:13 PM PDT · by MNDude · 44 replies · 890+ views
    My wife was naturalized into a US citizen today. It was a rather bitter-sweet experience. It started out with the star spangled banner and some patriotic songs. Then they listed the countries of the 192 new citizens. Unfortunately, Somalia and Ethiopia had the most citizens (about 40 each), Vietnam and Thailand both had about 25. Surprisingly, my wife was one of the few hispanics. I guess, why bother doing that pain in the butt for something you can get the same benefits for nothing. Probably a handful of Caucasians getting naturalized but there sure were a lot of burcas! Some...
  • Join the Army, Be a US Citizen in 6 Months

    02/16/2009 8:20:25 AM PST · by lewisglad · 92 replies · 3,971+ views
    Times of India ^ | 16 Feb 2009, 0403 hrs IST | Chidanand Rajghatta
    WASHINGTON: For decades, high-skilled professionals from across the world, particularly India, have fought their way to US citizenship through legal immigration channels — a process that can take up to a decade or more. Now, Uncle Sam is making it easy. Fight your way — literally — to American citizenship in as little as six months. In a far reaching proposal, the US military will open its doors to skilled immigrant guest workers (such as those who hold H-1B visas) who have lived in the US for a minimum of two years. The move is aimed at offsetting the poor...
  • U.S. to open military to temporary immigrants: report

    02/15/2009 6:37:59 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 651+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 2/14/09 | Glenn Somerville
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. military will begin recruiting immigrants with special skills who are in the United States on temporary visas, offering a chance to become citizens in as little as six months, The New York Times reported. A report on the newspaper's website on Saturday said it would be the first time since the Vietnam War that the armed forces would be open to temporary immigrants, provided they have lived in the United States for at least two years. Immigrants with permanent resident status, or "green cards," are eligible to enlist in the U.S. military.
  • Face of Defense: Refugee Survives War, Becomes U.S. Soldier

    12/17/2008 3:01:26 PM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies · 612+ views
    Face of Defence ^ | Sgt. David Hodge, USA
    FORWARD OPERATING BASE FALCON, Iraq, Dec. 17, 2008 – A former war refugee traveled across countries and continents in search of a better life -- a remarkable journey that ended in the United States when he became a U.S. citizen and a soldier. Army Spc. Samuel Ladu, a translator with 4th Infantry Division’s Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, speaks with Iraqi soldiers in southern Baghdad’s Saydiyah community. Ladu, a former refugee of Sudan, became a U.S. citizen after joining the Army. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. David Hodge  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Army Spc....
  • Official: Emanuel fast-tracked immigrants to get votes

    12/15/2008 7:52:54 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 21 replies · 1,254+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | December 15, 2008
    A former INS official who attended meetings with Rahm Emanuel when Emanuel was a White House aide says the hard-charging Democrat relaxed rules to naturalize even criminal immigrants and secure their votes for President Clinton ahead of the 1996 presidential election. President-elect Barack Obama, who has chosen Emanuel to run White House operations as his chief of staff, has promised to sign legislation that loosens immigration and puts even illegal aliens on a fast track to citizenship. Emanuel coordinated with Hispanic community organizers in Chicago to rubberstamp immigrants for citizenship, the INS official said in an exclusive interview with WND....
  • The best definition of natural born I've seen

    12/07/2008 10:47:56 PM PST · by The Watcher · 105 replies · 2,719+ views
    The Federalist Blog ^ | November 18, 2008 | P.A. Madison
    What might the phrase “natural-born citizen” of the United States imply under the U.S. Constitution? The phrase has always been obscure due to the lack of any single authoritative source to confer in order to understand the condition of citizenship the phrase recognizes. Learning what the phrase might have meant following the Declaration of Independence, and following the adoption of the Fourteenth Amendment, requires detective work. As with all detective work, eliminating the usual suspects from the beginning goes a long way in quickly solving a case.
  • Chattanooga: Foreign-born service about more than citizenship

    11/11/2008 6:35:44 PM PST · by Tennessee Nana · 10 replies · 191+ views
    Chattanooga Times Free Press ^ | November 11, 2008 | Lauren Gregory
    When Herta Lemons participates in the Veterans Day ceremony at the Chattanooga National Cemetery today, she’ll blend right in with the other Gold Star Mothers who have lost children in combat. And that’s quite all right with her. The German-born East Lake resident lost a son to war before he was even a citizen of the United States, and she doesn’t want that sacrifice viewed as any less patriotic than those of his native-born brethren. Lance Cpl. Karl Ludwig Thompson didn’t join the service for benefits or for citizenship, Mrs. Lemons says. In fact, he did not become an American...
  • Troops Become Citizens on Veterans Day in Afghanistan

    11/11/2008 11:55:01 AM PST · by mdittmar · 17 replies · 347+ views
    DoD ^ | Nov. 11, 2008 | Army Spc. Scott Davis Special to American Forces Press Service
    This Veterans Day was like no other for 77 service members who took the oath of allegiance and officially became U.S. citizens while deployed to Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan. The U.S. Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, William Wood attended the naturalization ceremony as the guest speaker, along with Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Schloesser, commanding general of Combined Joint Task Force-101 and Regional Command-East commander. “For some of you, it probably seems like it was just yesterday when you raised your right hand and said that you would support and defend the constitution of the United States and serve in...
  • Sgt. Rafael Peralta Deserves a Medal of Honor

    09/20/2008 3:36:14 PM PDT · by kathsua · 9 replies · 412+ views
    Town Hall ^ | 092008 | reasonmclucus
    Secretary of Defense Robert Gates' decision to award Sgt. Rafael Peralta a Navy Cross instead of a Medal of Honor makes no sense. Either Peralta grabbed a grenade to protect his fellow Marines or he did not. If Peralta grabbed the grenade then he deserves a Medal of Honor. If he did not grab the grenade than there is no reason to award him a Navy Cross. Peralta was born in Mexico and joined the Marines as soon as he received a green card. He subsequently became a U.S. citizen while serving in the Marines. On November 15, 2004, while...
  • New citizens, new voters (New 'Rats)

    09/19/2008 2:33:38 PM PDT · by buccaneer81 · 4 replies · 139+ views
    The Columbus Dispatch ^ | September 19, 2008 | Sherri Williams
    New citizens, new voters Friday, September 19, 2008 By Sherri Williams THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH Carmen Ladman used to plan her trips home to El Salvador around her country's presidential elections so she could vote. After becoming a U.S. citizen yesterday, she won't have to travel so far to cast her ballot this year. She will vote in America for the first time. "How important this election is for this country made me apply (for citizenship) to vote," said Ladman, 52, who has lived in the United States 12 years. "I'm a believer that we all have to do something. "If...
  • More Than 190 Troops Earn U.S. Citizenship in Iraq

    09/02/2008 7:19:23 PM PDT · by SandRat · 31 replies · 179+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Spc. Christopher M. Gaylord, USA
    BAGHDAD, Sept. 2, 2008 – American citizenship became a reality for 192 U.S. servicemembers from 54 different countries during a ceremony yesterday at Al Faw Palace on Camp Victory here. Army Command Sgt. Major Joseph R. Allen, command sergeant major for Multinational Corps Iraq, presents a servicemember and new U.S. citizen with an American flag Sept. 1, 2008, during a citizenship ceremony at Al Faw Palace on Camp Victory in Baghdad. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Christopher M. Gaylord, 13th Public Affairs Detachment   (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Army Lt. Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, Multinational Corps...