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USCIS to Celebrate Independence Day by Welcoming Nearly 7,500 New Citizens

Release Date: July 2, 2019 

WASHINGTON — This week, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will celebrate the Declaration of Independence and the birth of our country by welcoming almost 7,500 new citizens in nearly 110 naturalization ceremonies between July 1 and July 5. Our naturalization ceremonies will be held in venues across the country, and include several notable ceremonies.

Acting USCIS Director Ken Cuccinelli will administer the Oath of Allegiance and deliver congratulatory remarks to 52 new Americans at the 9/11 Memorial & Museum on July 2 in New York City, while that same day, Deputy Director Mark Koumans will deliver congratulatory remarks to new citizens at a ceremony on board the USS Constitution in Boston. On July 4, Acting Director Cuccinelli will administer the Oath of Allegiance at a special ceremony at the National Archives Museum, where the Declaration of Independence, our Constitution and the Bill of Rights are housed.   

On July 4, we celebrate the day the Second Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence in 1776, declaring that the 13 American colonies regarded themselves as a new nation – the United States of America – and were no longer part of the British Empire. Each year, USCIS marks Independence Day with naturalization ceremonies.

“It is an honor for me to welcome these new United States citizens as we celebrate the 243rd birthday of our nation,” said Acting Director Cuccinelli. “To host a significant event such as a naturalization ceremony on the grounds where the Twin Towers once stood is a vivid reminder of the resiliency of our nation and of why so many people around the world make sacrifices each day in order to call the United States their new home.” 

USCIS is committed to promoting awareness and understanding of citizenship by offering a variety of free citizenship preparation resources for applicants and teachers, including materials like the Establishing Independence lesson plan in the Citizenship Resource Center. Immigrant-serving organizations can register to receive a free Civics and Citizenship Toolkit to help lawful permanent residents prepare for naturalization.

Naturalization is the most significant benefit USCIS offers. Immigrants who lawfully join our country through naturalization express their attachment to our Constitution and commitment to assimilate into our society.

View a list of highlighted 2019 Independence Day-themed naturalization ceremonies

We invite new citizens and their families and friends to share their experiences and photos from the ceremonies on social media using the hashtags #newUScitizen, #4thofJuly and #IndependenceDay.

For more information on the naturalization process and filing online, visit our website at uscis.gov or follow us on TwitterInstagramYouTubeFacebook and LinkedIn.

Source: https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-celebrate-independence-day-welcoming-nearly-7500-new-citizens
Last Reviewed/Updated: 07/02/2019

Please Stand Together

It is no secret that there has been a controversy surrounding the NFL because of the player protests during the national anthem.  As a veteran, I made the decision for myself to not watch professional football while protests continue – and that includes the Superbowl.

As a fan of the game, I have been disappointed.  As an American Citizen, I felt it was important to take some action, to speak up about the issue.  So this is how I am spending Superbowl Sunday.

I am here at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Odessa, Texas.  There are two Medal of Honor recipients buried here.

“Corporal Alfred Mac Wilson was born in Illinois, and was a Marine serving in Vietnam when he threw himself on a grenade to protect his unit.   His Medal was posthumously awarded to his family on April 20, 1970.

Army Staff Sargent Marvin Rex Young was born in Texas, and also served in Vietnam.  Despite facing overwhelming forces and multiple wounds himself, Staff Sargent Young declined medical attention and engaged the enemy so that his unit could withdraw safely.  His Medal was posthumously awarded to his family on April 7, 1970.

Two great Americans, who gave their life in service to this country.  If respect for them is not enough reason to jump to your feet when you hear the National Anthem, I don’t know what is.

But it is also not the end of my Superbowl Sunday – There is someone else at this cemetery that I want to tell you about.

Daryl Hunt is also laid to rest here, not too far from the Medal of Honor recipients.  Daryl was born here in Odessa, and he played football.  For the Permian Panthers, for Oklahoma University, and for the Houston Oilers.  A former teammate described Daryl as “a quiet leader, always had a big smile on his face”, who “set an example”.

Three great Americans.  They all play for the same team now.  Let’s set aside our differences and follow their example – lets be great Americans.  Together.  Let’s solve our problems – together.  Let’s listen to each other, without disrespect.  Let’s not wait until our final rest to come together.

Please Stand Toghether

“President’s Day” contest to have your USCIS fees paid

Make 2018 the year that you become a U.S. Citizen! American Tribute is sponsoring a “President’s Day” contest to have your USCIS fees paid when you submit your application for naturalization.

Make sure you read the complete rules before you enter!

  • You must have “liked” the Facebook page of American Tribute.
  • Enter by private messaging the Facebook page “American Tribute”.
  • You must include contact information (email or phone number) and the phrase:
    “I want to be an American, just like President ___________!” in the message. You can choose to insert the name of any of the 45 American Presidents.
  • You must be a permanent resident, live in the United States, and are otherwise eligible to naturalize.
  • You must not have a criminal record.
  • You must have a completed form N-400 or have all the information necessary to complete one.

A winner will be chosen by random drawing at 6 p.m. Central time on February 19, 2018 (“President’s Day”).

The winner will have until March 1, 2018 to confirm eligibility and prepare N-400 paperwork.

If the winner does not have a completed N-400 by March 1, 2018, the prize will expire. American Tribute reserves the right to select an alternate winner if the initial winner is ineligible.

This is not a cash prize American Tribute will pay your USCIS fee to submit your form N-400 Application for Naturalization, but WILL NOT pay you any money directly.

The winner agrees to allow publication of their name and image on the American Tribute website and Facebook page, both after submitting their form and after they become a U.S. citizen.

This contest is not an offer of legal representation.

Determination of eligibility is subject to review by the Project Manager.

American Tribute is a project of FCM Enterprises, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation.