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  • Troops Made US Citizens in Afghanistan

    11/12/2007 12:15:55 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 24 replies · 65+ views
    AP ^ | 11/12/2007 | JASON STRAZIUSO
    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Sixty U.S. service members from countries including Cuba, Ethiopia, the Philippines and Vietnam became American citizens on Monday during a ceremony in Afghanistan. Maj. Gen. David Rodriguez, the commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, congratulated the soldiers on their new citizenship and thanked them for the oath they took to defend the United States. "Today they will swear a second oath to the country they've already pledged to defend," Rodriguez said at a ceremony coinciding with Veterans Day. "An oath of allegiance to the nation they are supporting as a member of her armed forces, deployed...
  • Agency's Message: No Reason To Fear Us

    11/10/2007 6:08:45 AM PST · by 3AngelaD · 6 replies · 160+ views
    Washington Post ^ | November 10, 2007 | Karin Brulliard
    The Northern Virginia office of the federal agency that processes immigration applications will hold its first public forum next month to answer questions from immigrants. The forum also is intended to spread word that the agency, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, or USCIS, is distinct from its feared federal cousins, the Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE. "We don't want people to fear us," said Greg Christian, director of the Vienna office of USCIS.... The agency is often an impenetrable bureaucracy with complicated forms and a help hotline that dispenses unreliable information. It has also recently...
  • Clinton campaigns; Hillary wants to create a path to citizenship

    09/15/2007 7:17:30 PM PDT · by Theodore R. · 11 replies · 360+ views
    Laredo, TX, Morning Times ^ | 09-15-07 | Cortez, Tricia
    Clinton campaigns; Hillary wants to create a path to citizenship By TRICIA CORTEZ, LAREDO MORNING TIMES 09/15/2007 Email to a friendPost a CommentPrinter-friendlyStumping for his wife, who is leading the pack in most polls, former President Bill Clinton spoke to several hundred Laredoans and Nuevo Laredoans on Friday evening and explained why Hillary is "best suited" for the White House."This next president is going to have to undo a lot of damage," Clinton said at the private fundraiser held at Palenque Grill. He made references to an economy "on the brink of recession," growing inequality between the haves and the...
  • U-Visas New Amnesty

    09/15/2007 6:35:14 AM PDT · by AlaDude · 36 replies · 607+ views
    A Register-Guard Editorial ^ | September 14, 2007 | A Register-Guard Editorial
    Better late than never - even when it's seven years late. In 2000, Congress passed a law authorizing visas for illegal immigrant crime victims. Seven years later, federal immigration officials say they're finally ready to start issuing "U-visas" to certain victims who cooperate with law enforcement in the investigation and prosecution of violent crimes. Federal immigration officials attribute the delay to the creation of the Department of Homeland Security and the resulting mass reorganization of government agencies in the wake of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. "We realize it took a long amount of time," U.S. Citizenship and...
  • Naturalization, re-enlistment ceremony held on America’s 231st birthday

    07/05/2007 9:42:42 AM PDT · by bnelson44 · 4 replies · 438+ views
    MNF-I ^ | 7/5/07
    Naturalization, re-enlistment ceremony held on America’s 231st birthday Thursday, 05 July 2007 Senator John McCain and Command Sgt. Maj. Marvin Hill, senior enlisted advisor for Multi-National Force-Iraq, congratulate a Soldier on becoming a U.S. citizen July 4 at Camp Victory. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Jeffrey Hunnewell, Combined Press Information Center. BAGHDAD — Hundreds of Soldiers became citizens of the country they risk their lives for, while others decided to extend their time in service to continue the fight against terrorism. The U.S. Army conducted a naturalization and re-enlistment ceremony at Camp Victory on Wednesday. Over 160 Soldiers became...
  • Video of the 105 man who became a citizen in Miami

    07/02/2007 12:35:38 PM PDT · by lolalita · 23 replies · 1,167+ views
    uVu ^ | 07/02/07 | Lolalita
    I was at the swearing ceremony and it was very moving. This guy was smiling like he just won the lottery. He was happy and wanted to share it with the world. As you can see on the video, he was very proud and shared his thought in spanish.
  • Man Aged 105 Gains US Citizenship

    07/01/2007 2:14:59 PM PDT · by RGPII · 6 replies · 466+ views ^ | 07/01/2007 | Yahoo News
    Florida: Jose Temprana, a 105-year-old man of Cuban birth, has gained his citizenship in the United States. He arrived on a humanitarian visa aged 93 after spending 30 years in prison for smuggling weapons for a failed US-backed insurrection attempt. Temprana has been married twice and currently has a girlfriend. He was a lobster fisherman/sponge diver by trade and fathered eight children. Locally he is known as 'El Nino' (The Boy) because of his spirit and vitality. "I feel different, satisfied, very happy. It was worth the wait. I've wanted ... it since I was 8 or 10 years old,"...
  • Cuban-Born Man, 105, Becomes U.S. Citizen

    07/01/2007 10:45:29 AM PDT · by freedom44 · 13 replies · 477+ views
    Lakeland Ledger ^ | 7/1/07 | Lakeland Ledger
    MIAMI (AP) -- A 105-year-old native of Cuba has finally had his wish fulfilled. He's become a U.S. citizen. Jose Temprana celebrated by sipping champagne with friends at the Hispanic Community Center in Miami Saturday. Temprana was born in September 1901. He worked as a sponge diver and lobster fisherman. He had eight children with his first wife, who died giving birth to the youngest. His second wife died in 2002. In 1964, he was imprisoned in Cuba for smuggling weapons from the United States into the island for an insurrection against Fidel Castro. He wasn't released until he was...
  • 105-Year-Old Cuban Becomes U.S. Citizen

    06/29/2007 8:22:33 PM PDT · by RDTF · 74 replies · 1,560+ views
    NBC6 ^ | June 29, 2007 | Not specified
    MIAMI, Fla. -- Jose "El Nino" Temprana, a 105-year-old former Cuban political prisoner, became a U.S. citizen Friday. Temprana took the oath of citizenship in Miami early Friday. -snip- During the Cuban Revolution, he and three of his sons opposed Fidel Castro and were imprisoned in 1964 for 30 years. Following his sentence, he moved to Miami and has been free for the past 12 years. In the same ceremony Friday, Edgar Renteria of the 1997 World Series champions Florida Marlins also became a U.S. citizen. Renteria is now a shortstop for the Atlanta Braves.
  • Immigration

    06/07/2007 3:32:36 AM PDT · by Greg F · 28 replies · 717+ views
    Evans Novak Political Report E-mail | 6/7/07 | Evans Novak Political Report
    . . . Part of the problem with amendments has been that any change -- no matter how mild -- threatened to disrupt and possibly destroy the fragile coalition of senators that has come together behind the bill. The most critical amendment was that of Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.), to restrict legalization of violent felons and gang members. That amendment failed 51 to 46, but a weaker version by Sen. Kennedy passed. With the sudden, unexpected death of Sen. Craig Thomas (R-Wyo.), opponents of the immigration reform compromise bill on the Senate floor this week lose a vote they already...
  • Police: Woman dragged to death under minivan

    06/04/2007 4:08:57 PM PDT · by Wolfie · 57 replies · 1,177+ views
    CNN.COM ^ | June 4, 2007
    Police: Woman dragged to death under minivan FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida (AP) -- A woman trying to stop a motorist from fleeing after a collision was dragged for several miles to her death under the man's minivan, officials said Monday. Authorities said they were still searching for the minivan's driver. Sandra Hall was in a Cadillac that was struck by the minivan Sunday night, Broward County sheriff's officials said. The minivan was driven away with the Cadillac in pursuit, and when both vehicles were stopped in traffic Hall got out and stood in front of the minivan, authorities said. The minivan...
  • USS Cleveland Hosts Naturalization Ceremony

    04/05/2007 4:36:41 PM PDT · by SandRat · 8 replies · 349+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Petty Officer 2nd Class Brooke Raffaele, USN
    SAN DIEGO, April 5, 2007 – The United States gained 59 new citizens here yesterday, as 59 servicemembers took the oath of citizenship aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Cleveland. Army Sgt. First Class Jose Vargas, center, joins 58 sailors and Marines in taking the oath of citizenship aboard USS Cleveland in San Diego, April 4. U.S. Navy photo  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. With retention and recruitment at the highest levels in recent history, officials said the Navy can now afford to focus on shaping the force to ensure the best-qualified, most diverse candidates are challenged to...
  • New naturalization test gets local test run

    12/02/2006 9:23:14 AM PST · by FairOpinion · 10 replies · 546+ views
    Yakima Herald Republic ^ | Dec. 1, 2006 | LEAH BETH WARD
    Time for a pop quiz, and no, it's not multiple choice. 1. Why do we have three branches of government? 2. What does it mean that the U.S. Constitution is a constitution of limited powers? 3. What alliance of North American and European countries was created during the Cold War? Whether you passed with flying colors or flopped (see answers at end of story) could indicate your fitness for citizenship. The questions are just a few from a new sample of more than 100 that immigration officials will begin trying out on naturalization candidates in Yakima late next month or...
  • Does one's green card get surrendered upon naturalization?

    10/02/2006 6:28:01 AM PDT · by rudy45 · 5 replies · 258+ views
    I am taking applying for documents for my wife, from the country she (a naturalized US citizen) was born in. One of the requested items is her green card. However, shouldn't she have turned it in when she was naturalized, or does one keep the green card even after naturalization? Thanks.
  • Fraud chief raised Justice doubts (this should be front page news)

    11/25/2004 10:53:39 PM PST · by Robert Lomax · 53 replies · 1,815+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Nov. 24, 2004 | Jerry Seper
    A top immigration official accused of misleading Congress on whether a Clinton administration program was used to allow thousands of foreign nationals with criminal records to become U.S. citizens now heads a fraud and national security program at the Department of Homeland Security. Louis D. "Don" Crocetti, whose credibility before a House subcommittee was challenged by the Justice Department's Office of Inspector General, now heads the Office of Fraud Detection and National Security, which, among other things, is responsible for criminal background checks on foreign nationals seeking naturalization. The appointment was quietly announced in May by Eduardo Aguirre, director of...
  • ACLU, Muslim Group Demand End to Citizenship Delays (BARF alert)

    08/01/2006 6:24:15 AM PDT · by radar101 · 12 replies · 502+ views
    L A Times ^ | 1 AUGUST 2006 | H.G. Reza
    Serving in the military has been the fast track for U.S. citizenship for many immigrants since the 2001 terrorist attacks. But not for Mustafa Aziz, an Afghan and Irvine resident who served a four-year hitch in the Air Force. Aziz is the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit the American Civil Liberties Union and a Muslim civil rights group plan to file today on behalf of 10 Southern California immigrants who have been waiting two years or more for their citizenship. The lawsuit, to be filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, accuses government officials of illegally delaying their background...
  • Bush Observes Naturalization Ceremony for Wounded Soldiers

    07/24/2006 5:33:14 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies · 373+ views
    WASHINGTON, July 24, 2006 – President Bush participated in the naturalization ceremony for three soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center here today. The three men are recovering from wounds suffered in combat in Iraq. "Through the generations, our nation has remained strong and free because men and women put on our uniform and defend this country, and defend our beliefs," Bush said before the swearing-in. "The three men we honor today have brought honor to America. Like those who have come before, each of these men chose to protect our country because they love what America stands for." Army...
  • Bush Presides Over Soldiers' Citizenship (Patients at Walter Reed Hospital)

    07/24/2006 10:08:05 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 39 replies · 1,442+ views
    Yahoo! News (AP) ^ | 7/24/2006 | Nedra Pickler
    Bush presides over soldiers' citizenshipBy NEDRA PICKLER, Associated Press WriterWASHINGTON - President Bush presided over a citizenship ceremony on Monday for three soldiers injured in Iraq, calling them "men who knew the cost of freedom and were willing to pay that cost so others could live free." Bush also used his visit to the Walter Reed Army Medical Center to promote his stalled proposal for overhauling the nation's immigration laws. He urged Congress to break the current stalemate and pass legislation that "must be comprehensive." The three injured soldiers who took the oath and became citizens were Spc. Noe Santos-Dilone...
  • A special 4th of July, Sparta pastor becomes U.S. citizen; to sing National Anthem at ballgame

    07/06/2006 5:20:06 PM PDT · by Coleus · 4 replies · 407+ views
    The Beacon ^ | 06.29.06 | CECILE SAN AGUSTIN
    Sparta pastor becomes U.S. citizen; to sing National Anthem at ballgameA special Fourth of July SPARTA - As fireworks explode and backyard barbeques are celebrated marking the 230th anniversary of the birth of our nation this July 4, the day will have special meaning for Father Albert Nix, pastor of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha Parish here who became a U.S. citizen last month in Newark. "I am very proud to have become an American citizen and I look forward to being able to vote on the issues that affect this nation and local politics," said Father Nix, who will celebrate his...
  • U.S. Soldiers Serving in Afghanistan Become American Citizens

    07/05/2006 4:49:48 PM PDT · by SandRat · 13 replies · 695+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Staff Sgt. Robert R. Ramon
    BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan, July 5, 2006 – Twenty-seven U.S. soldiers serving on the front lines of the war on terror in Afghanistan became the newest American citizens here yesterday during a special Independence Day overseas military naturalization ceremony here. Army Pvt. 1st Class Joyce Nanquil (front row, second from right), recites the oath of allegiance during a special July 4 naturalization ceremony at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan. Nanquil, assigned to Company E, 310th Aviation Battalion, 10th Mountain Division, and a native of the Philippines, was one of 27 U.S. soldiers serving on the front lines of the war...
  • Priest in New Jersey marks Fourth of July as new U.S. citizen

    07/05/2006 1:06:56 PM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies · 382+ views
    Catholic News Service ^ | July 5, 2006 | Cecile San Agustin
    SPARTA, N.J. (CNS) -- As fireworks exploded and backyard barbeques marked the 230th anniversary of the birth of our nation on Independence Day, Father Albert Nix had special reason to celebrate. The pastor of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha Parish in Sparta, in the Paterson Diocese, became a U.S. citizen at a recent ceremony in Newark. "I am very proud to have become an American and I look forward to being able to vote on the issues that affect this nation and local politics," said Father Nix, whose Fourth of July celebration included watching fireworks July 3 from the boardwalk of Sparta's...
  • Fulfilling the American dream

    07/04/2006 6:59:23 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 6 replies · 376+ views
    Macon Telegraph ^ | Jul. 04, 2006 | Wayne Crenshaw
    Everyone born in the United States is an American citizen from the moment of his or her first breath. But once a year, in a courtroom at the federal courthouse in Macon, new Americans are born in a different way. Hailing from countries that include Vietnam, Pakistan and Russia, ranging in age from teen to elderly, they become Americans through a tedious process that sometimes takes years. It ends with raising their right hand and taking an oath that includes a vow to defend their new country in arms if required. Until six years ago, citizenship ceremonies for this area...
  • A little fun for the 4th: What's your Citizen IQ?

    07/04/2006 1:41:42 AM PDT · by hoagy62 · 27 replies · 1,442+ views
    Today, on our nation's 230th birthday, I've got a little fun for you. Something to make you think, but also to test yourself (in a fun and friendly way, of course) in how much you know about our government.
  • (Omaha)Remarks by President Bush on Comprehensive Immigration Reform

    06/07/2006 10:26:21 AM PDT · by WestTexasWend · 71 replies · 943+ views
    WASHINGTON, June 7 /PRNewswire/ -- The following is a transcript of remarks by President Bush on comprehensive immigration reform: Metropolitan Community College - South Omaha Campus Omaha, Nebraska 8:32 A.M. CDT THE PRESIDENT: Thanks for the warm welcome. It's great to be back in Omaha. I'm a little -- I just wish the timing were a little better -- (laughter) -- Senator. If I'd only delayed my trip, we'd have been able to watch the College World Series again. (Laughter and applause.) But I couldn't delay it, for this reason: This country is debating an important issue. It's an issue...
  • Cambodian Immigrant Becomes an American Combat Hero

    05/30/2006 6:45:12 PM PDT · by World_Events · 16 replies · 609+ views
    AFP ^ | 5/30/06 | Rudi Williams
    Cambodian Immigrant Becomes Citizen, American Combat Hero By Rudi Williams American Forces Press Service HONOLULU, May 30, 2006 – Sarun Sar first experienced combat at age 11 in the jungles of Southeast Asia. He fought in several combat actions before being wounded and sent to a refugee camp near the Thai-Cambodian border. Today, Sar is a decorated U.S. Army master sergeant who has been awarded the Silver Star Medal among other recognitions. He was lauded earlier this month at an Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month commemoration in Honolulu. Sar was born in a southwestern Cambodia village. His long trek to becoming...
  • Cambodian Immigrant Becomes Citizen, American Combat Hero

    05/30/2006 4:06:22 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies · 469+ views
    HONOLULU, May 30, 2006 – Sarun Sar first experienced combat at age 11 in the jungles of Southeast Asia. He fought in several combat actions before being wounded and sent to a refugee camp near the Thai-Cambodian border. David S. C. Chu, undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, greets Army Special Forces Master Sgt. Sarun Sar and his wife, Dobromila, after introducing the Silver Star recipient to the audience during DoD's observance of Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month in Honolulu on May 10. Photo by Rudi Williams  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Today, Sar is a decorated U.S....
  • 1,000 Serbs Serving With U.S. Forces in Iraq

    05/29/2006 5:52:50 AM PDT · by Banat · 40 replies · 1,153+ views
    Blic (Belgrade) ^ | 06/29/06 | M. Ivanovich
    1,000 Serbs Serving With U.S. Forces in IraqAbout a thousand people from Serbia are on active duty in Iraq, wearing US uniform and fighting alongside the Americans, writes Belgrade daily "Blitz." Jacqueline (Zhaklina) Chetich's dream came true last Tuesday when, along with 83 other foreigners, she became a U.S. citizen at a ceremony held at a military base near Baghdad. Like Jacqueline, many other Serbs currently serving in Iraq hope to one day become U.S. citizens and earn what they could only dream about in Serbia. Jacqueline joined the U.S. Forces in Germany three years ago. She took part in...
  • Marine becomes citizen after 25 years of service

    05/26/2006 8:00:06 PM PDT · by SandRat · 67 replies · 1,095+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Sgt. Robert L. Fisher III
    MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. (May 26, 2006) -- Mexican newspapers inadvertently planted a seed in a small boy, born in 1960 in the town of Cananea, Mexico, not far from the Arizona border. “In the newspapers in Mexico, they are more graphic than they are here,” said Guadalupe Denogean, a retired master gunnery sergeant. “I couldn’t read, but I could see the pictures.” So he would ask his brother to read the stories to him, and they were always about the Marines, he said. As that seed sprouted, Denogean, who moved to the U.S. but...
  • Newest Citizens Take Oath in Mount Vernon

    05/22/2006 6:15:38 PM PDT · by Pharmboy · 7 replies · 289+ views
    WTOP Radio ^ | May 22, 2006 | Hank Silverberg
    WASHINGTON -- The debate in Congress over immigration reform may be stalled, but that has not stopped the American dream from coming true Monday in Mount Vernon. About 100 people from 42 countries became U.S. citizens during a special ceremony at the home of George Washington. It's an annual ceremony co-hosted by the Daughters and Sons of the American Revolution. Some of the country's newest Americans told tales of long waits for paperwork and background checks. But Neyza Alba of Bolivia said the lengthy process was worth it. Emilio Gonzales, the director of the Citizenship and Immigration Services, says the...
  • Fighting for citizenship -- Military service a fast track to the American dream

    05/21/2006 8:34:38 AM PDT · by SmithL · 28 replies · 673+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 5/21/6 | Dogen Hannah
    One fled his war-torn African homeland to join his mother in New York City.Another dashed across the border after leaving her Mexican hometown to join her father in California.A young man crossed the Pacific, leaving Burma in search of a better education and job.Despite their far-flung origins, the lives and dreams of Agyeman Danso, Vanessa Quintero-Espinoza and Kevin Phone converged when they came to the United States, joined the military and became citizens.As troops fight in Iraq and as America debates whether to tighten or loosen immigration controls, tens of thousands of immigrants -- not all of them legal --...
  • Immigrants earn citizenship [Swearing In Ceremony-Pomona, CA]

    05/20/2006 7:58:34 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 75 replies · 980+ views
    San Gabriel Valley Tribune ^ | May 20, 2006 | Jason Newell
    130 countries represented at ceremony After waiting in messy traffic, enduring long lines and ending up in one of the worst seats in the house, Aurelia Gheletca had an excuse to be grumpy. But as she filled in the little squares on a voter registration form for the first time and readied to wave her small American flag, the Anaheim woman was positively radiant. "Today, my dream has come true," said Gheletca, 56, who left her native country of Romania nearly 16 years ago to find political and religious freedom. "I am so happy because I am finally an American."...
  • “An act to establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization” (1790 & 1795).

    04/18/2006 6:19:31 AM PDT · by xzins · 11 replies · 3,102+ views
    Indiana University ^ | 26 Mar 1790 | US Congress
    United States Congress, “An act to establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization” (March 26, 1790). TEXT SOURCE: 1 Stat. 103-104. edited version: De Pauw, Linda Grant, et al., eds. Documentary History of the First Federal Congress of the United States of America, March 4, 1789 – March 3, 1791. 14 vols. to date. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1972-1995. 6:1516-1522. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America, in Congress assembled, That any Alien being a free white person, who shall have resided within the limits and under the jurisdiction of the...
  • Deployed Servicemembers Become American Citizens (Shake hands with your new brother Americans)

    04/07/2006 7:47:06 PM PDT · by SandRat · 44 replies · 1,125+ views
    CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait, April 7, 2006 – Servicemembers deployed to Kuwait became U.S. citizens yesterday during a naturalization ceremony at chapel here. Fifty-seven soldiers and sailors from 26 different countries became naturalized U.S. citizens in a ceremony at a chapel in Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, April 6.   (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Fifty-seven soldiers and sailors from 26 different countries were presented a certificate by Army Lt. Gen. R. Steven Whitcomb, Third U.S. Army commander, and Matthew H. Tueller, charge d'affairs of the U.S. Embassy Kuwait. "It is a great day to be an American," said Whitcomb. "I...
  • A Border War

    03/26/2006 7:04:16 AM PST · by advance_copy · 6 replies · 524+ views
    Newsweek ^ | 3/25/06 | Holley Baily
    April 3, 2006 issue - The lights were on, the cameras were rolling, but the special guest star was nowhere to be found. Last Friday afternoon, 55 men and women from 30 countries sat in a Denver conference room, clutching small American flags as they waited to be sworn in as U.S. citizens. The 12:15 starting time had come and gone, and some people were getting impatient. "For heaven's sake," one woman said, sighing. "What is the holdup?" A few minutes later, they had the answer. Tom Tancredo, the Republican congressman, was coming to welcome the new citizens. He was...
  • Grieving Mother Holds One Last Wish for Son--

    02/09/2006 4:14:37 AM PST · by quentin · 46 replies · 1,155+ views ^ | February 9, 2006 | Karin Brulliard
    A weeping Kim-Hoan Thi Nguyen kissed her 7-year-old son goodbye at the Ho Chi Minh airport and told him it would be a long time before they would be together again. Little Binh Le boarded the plane and flew off to the States, where his mother hoped he would flourish. It was 1991. She next saw Le when he visited Vietnam at 12. He cooked her french fries. He visited again when he was 18 and a recent graduate of Edison High School in Fairfax County. They had a party. Their next reunion came in December 2004. At his funeral,...
  • Can a Pious Muslim Become a Loyal American?

    01/21/2006 10:17:13 AM PST · by Jeremydmccann · 43 replies · 1,180+ views
    Chronicles Magazine ^ | 01/20/2006 | Srdja Trifkovic
    “We must never forget . . . that as Muslims, we are obligated to desire, and when possible to participate in, the overthrow of any non-Islamic government—anywhere in the world – in order to replace it by an Islamic one,” the speaker concluded his remarks. The venue was a mosque, not in Rawalpindi or Jeddah but in San Francisco. When a recent convert noted that if Muslims are obligated to overthrow the U.S. government then accepting Islam was tantamount to an act of political treason, the lecturer responded matter-of-factly, “Yes, that’s true.” He was right both technically and substantively. A...
  • [Ozzie] Guillen wins another title: U.S. citizen

    01/21/2006 4:53:15 AM PST · by 1rudeboy · 8 replies · 401+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | January 21, 2006 | Andrew Herrmann
    Ozzie Guillen had a .264 lifetime batting average as a player, but on his immigration test Friday, he hit a perfect 1.000. "Ten for ten,'' the Venezuela-born manager of the White Sox said after being sworn in as a U.S. citizen. Or, maybe nine for 10. "They asked me who the mayor of Chicago was. I told them, 'Ozzie Guillen,' " he joked. Guillen, who took the oath with his wife, Ibis, and son Oney, said becoming an American was a bigger thrill than winning the World Series. "You can only become a U.S. citizen once,'' he said, while --...
  • White Sox manager Guillen will become U.S. citizen

    01/20/2006 12:51:26 AM PST · by iPod Shuffle · 6 replies · 239+ views
    AP ^ | 1/19
    White Sox manager Guillen will become U.S. citizen January 19, 2006 CHICAGO (AP) -- Ozzie Guillen, the Venezuelan-born manager of the World Series champion Chicago White Sox, will celebrate his 42nd birthday Friday by becoming a U.S. citizen. Guillen, his wife, Ibis, and their son Oney will be sworn in by a U.S. District Court judge at a ceremony in Chicago, the White Sox said Thursday. "He always has said that he wanted to be a citizen," White Sox spokeswoman Katie Kirby said. "He's really made his career and a second life here." A former All-Star shortstop with the White...
  • My French wife, a U.S. Citizen

    01/17/2006 10:50:57 AM PST · by SF Republican · 60 replies · 1,424+ views
    I would like to take this opportunity to announce my wife has received her U.S. Citizenship confirmation. The ceremony is Feb 7th. I have often mentioned her association with the French school where she teaches here in San Francisco and am very happy and proud of her desire to become an American.
  • 'Patriot' gains U.S. citizenship in Iraq

    12/30/2005 5:03:42 PM PST · by SandRat · 8 replies · 611+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Dec 30, 2005 | Cpl. Micah Snead
    AL ASAD, Iraq (Dec. 30, 2005) -- On Sept. 11, 2001, a young Trinidad native who relocated to New York with his family three years earlier was sitting in a U.S. Military Entrance Processing Station, waiting to take his first steps toward his future as a Marine. The terrorist attacks that day delayed his trip to Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C., but steeled his resolve to become a Marine. "It was like watching something from a movie," said Sgt. Andre G. Joseph, a personnel administration chief with Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 26. "I was upset about it, especially...
  • Citizenship Test Getting Back to Basics

    12/06/2005 11:19:28 PM PST · by Euro-American Scum · 8 replies · 358+ views
    Yahoo News & Associated Press ^ | December 6, 2005 | SUZANNE GAMBOA
    WASHINGTON - Questions on the nation's citizenship test will be revised to focus on basic civics and won't be the sort that would stir academic debate, the head of the federal citizenship office said Tuesday. Alfonso Aguilar, chief of the U.S. Office of Citizenship, said the agency plans to have a study done by next month on whether the test must be redesigned or merely revised. He said that although nothing is definite yet, "We are inclined to revise the current test, rather than totally redesign the test." The changes should be completed by January 2007 and in use by...
  • Democrats’ position backs citizenship for illegal immigrants

    12/04/2005 12:07:36 PM PST · by Icelander · 52 replies · 1,186+ views
    eastvalleytribune ^ | December 4, 2005 | Le Templar
    The Democratic National Committee insisted Saturday that efforts to secure the nation’s borders shouldn’t shut out an estimated 11 million illegal immigrants and their families already living in the U.S. The DNC wrapped up its fall meetings in Phoenix by unanimously passing three resolutions related to illegal immigration, showing clearer unity on the issue than sharply divided Republicans. The main document calls for more effective border security but also says immigration reform should allow illegal workers to "earn the rights and responsibilities of U.S. citizenship." The DNC stance echoes bipartisan legislation cosponsored by Sens. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass, and John McCain,...
  • 58 U.S. Servicemembers Take Oath of Citizenship

    11/30/2005 9:30:59 PM PST · by Anita1 · 21 replies · 1,062+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | Thursday, December 1, 2005 | By Nancy Montgomery, Stars and Stripes
    HEIDELBERG, Germany — They came from Cuba, Guatemala, Mexico and the Philippines. They came from Ghana, Micronesia, Albania and … Canada, Great Britain and Egypt? Nearly 60 U.S. soldiers, stationed throughout U.S. Army Europe but originally from all parts of the globe, gathered Tuesday at Campbell Barracks to take the oath renouncing allegiance to “any foreign prince, potentate, state or sovereignty” and become U.S. citizens. “I think it’s the best country in the world."
  • A Friend is becoming an American Citizen in a Few Weeks (vanity)

    11/16/2005 1:50:34 PM PST · by cyclotic · 50 replies · 752+ views
    Cyclotic | 11/16/2005 | Cyclotic
    FRiends, I just found out that a friend of mine from Switzerland is going to take the Oath of Allegiance to the United States of America next month. To properly welcome him into our great Republic, I would like to send him a link to this thread with a bunch of Freepers welcoming him to America. BTW, his name is Ralf (and I spelled that right,)
  • Citizenship ceremony on Okinawa welcomes 89 new Americans

    10/29/2005 11:38:51 AM PDT · by mdittmar · 3 replies · 220+ views
    Stars and Stripes Pacific edition ^ | October 30, 2005 | David Allen
    Foreign nationals serving in military become U.S. citizens CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — Eighty-nine servicemembers walked into the Foster Theater Friday wearing the uniform of a foreign country. Two hours later they walked out clad in the same military uniform — only now it was of their country. In a mass swearing-in ceremony, U.S. Consul General Thomas Reich told the foreign-born soldiers, sailors and Marines they had become American citizens and members of “the world’s greatest democracy, where everyone has the chance to succeed.” “You entered this building as Filipinos, Mexicans, Moldavians and other nationalities,” Reich said. “You’ll leave this building...
  • Man Takes Citizenship Oath, Wins Lottery

    09/26/2005 2:31:20 PM PDT · by Redcitizen · 15 replies · 986+ views
    Associated Press via Yahoo news ^ | 09/26/2005 | Unknown-associated press
    1 hour, 49 minutes ago DES MOINES, Iowa - A man who immigrated from Kenya to the United States found prosperity beyond his expectations on the day he became a U.S. citizen. Shortly after Moses Bittok, of West Des Moines, took the oath of citizenship on Friday, he discovered he had a $1.89 million winning ticket from the Iowa Lottery's Hot Lotto game. "It's almost like you adopted a country and then they netted you $1.8 million," Bittok said Monday as he cashed in his ticket. "It doesn't happen anywhere — I guess only in America." Bittok said he took...
  • Nearly 500 take oath of citizenship at TCC

    09/17/2005 9:14:09 AM PDT · by SandRat · 11 replies · 458+ views
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | Sep 17, 2005 | Lourdes Medrano
    The same immigration agents who, day after day, encouraged the cleaning lady at their office to become a citizen on Friday saw Blanca Ruiz finally take the oath. Ruiz, a native of Mexico, was among nearly 500 immigrants sworn in as U.S. citizens at this year's largest naturalization ceremony in Tucson. The ceremony recognized Citizenship Day, which is celebrated today. The Tucson Convention Center teemed with proud new citizens from 69 countries. Mexico contributed the most people, close to 300. Ruiz, who is from the state of Chihuahua in northern Mexico, took it all in. At 60, she almost couldn't...
  • 21 Terrorists Became U.S. Citizens

    08/30/2005 9:02:58 AM PDT · by InvisibleChurch · 23 replies · 1,099+ views ^ | Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2005 11:17 a.m. EDT
    Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2005 11:17 a.m. EDT 21 Terrorists Became U.S. Citizens Two new reports released today by the Center for Immigration Studies examine the role of immigration control in our efforts to prevent further terrorist attacks on American soil. Both point to the profound security challenges posed by a federal government policy of mass immigration and lax enforcement of the law. The first paper, "Immigration and Terrorism: Moving Beyond the 9/11 Staff Report on Terrorist Travel," illustrates how 94 Islamist terrorists used the immigration system to infiltrate and embed in the United States. The author is Janice L. Kephart,...
  • Sailors become naturalized citizens while at sea (We salute each of you, congrats!)

    08/25/2005 3:45:57 AM PDT · by Former Military Chick · 8 replies · 444+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | August 24, 2005 | Juliana Gittler
    Twenty-nine sailors from the USS Kitty Hawk and Carrier Air Wing 5 made history while becoming Americans on Saturday, by being the first sailors to be naturalized at sea on a Navy warship, according to a Navy news release. Jonathan Foutz / U.S. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Jorge Duarte-Figueroa from Guadalajara, Mexico, waits with fellow sailors for a citizenship ceremony to commence on the flight deck of the USS Kitty Hawk at sea on Saturday. The ceremony was scheduled to take place at a later date in port. But since immigration officials were available to test the sailors under...
  • Margot Kidder becomes naturalized citizen in Butte, MT [to protest war in Iraq]

    08/18/2005 9:05:20 PM PDT · by Brian328i · 129 replies · 7,367+ views
    Billings Gazette ^ | August 18, 2005
    BUTTE -- Actress Margot Kidder became a citizen of the U.S. Wednesday to avoid possible deportation to her native Canada when she begins protesting the war in Iraq, she said. Kidder, best known for playing Lois Lane in the motion picture "Superman," was among 19 people who became citizens during a naturalization ceremony in federal court here. "It means I can vote against anyone and everyone in elected office that in any way supported the Bush administration," said Kidder, 56, who has lived in this country for 34 years and has a residence in Livingston. Dave Routzahn, director of the...