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While Washington Debates Undocumented Immigration, Thousands Of Immigrants Gain Their Citizenship

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Millions of immigrants try to enter the US properly every year. Many get bogged in the system, many get turned around, but they all seek to earn their citizenship by playing by the rules. National politics renders them all but invisible, but each week many make it through. Last week US Citizenship and Immigration Services welcomed in more than 19,000 new citizens in 135 ceremonies across the country.

“While all of our 44 presidents came from different backgrounds and held different political views, each recognized that we could not have succeeded as a nation if not for the contributions of generations of immigrants whose courage and tireless efforts helped make this nation what it is today,” USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas said in a USCIS blog post Friday.

An event took place at George Washington‘s Mount Verson Esate in Alexandria, VA Friday in which 50 US immigrants swore the Oath of Allegiance.

“The bosom of America is open to receive not only the Opulent and respectable Stranger, but the oppressed and persecuted of all Nations and religions; whom we shall welcome to a participation of all our rights and privileges,”Felicia Escobar, Senior Policy Advisor for Immigration at the White House Domestic Policy Council, quoted George Washington.

During the event, Dr. Tsehaye Teferra, founder and President of the Ethiopian Community Development Council, Inc., was recognized as an Outstanding American by Choice.

“Like you,” Dr. Teferra said to his fellow new citizens. “I chose to become an American citizen because this country gives people the opportunity to explore their individuality, hone their talents, and use their skills effectively and meaningfully.”

Millions of US immigrants are still waiting for the chance to become citizens of the land they have chosen as their home.

[Image via USCIS]

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One Response to “While Washington Debates Undocumented Immigration, Thousands Of Immigrants Gain Their Citizenship”

  1. Dave Francis

    POLITICIANS ARE DEFYING THE VOICE OF THE PEOPLE, WHO WILL BE DISINHERITED FROM JOBS IF ANOTHER AMNESTY IS PASSED?

    THE PEOPLE’S VOICES MUST BE HEARD NOW OR SUFFER THE CONSEQUENCES OF ANOTHER DUBIOUS PATH TO CITIZENSHIP FOR ILLEGAL ALIENS.

    AT LAST AMERICANS COMING TOGETHER, LED BY THE 40 Million member s of the TEA PARTY, but we still have a opportunity to make ourselves known to the Gang of 8 and other immigration lawmakers, for there is access to free faxes at NumbersUSA, to petition those in Washington. YOU CAN ALSO CONNECT WITH YOUR DETACHED POLITICIANS THROUGH THE CENTRAL HUB OF GOVERNMENT SWITCHBOARD AT (202) 224-3121. The Immigration discussions are rampant now and we should demand no more Paths to Citizenship, construct the real fencing; that illegal aliens should return to their home country and go through the meticulous process that honest immigrants must attend. EVERY CITIZEN HAS A CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO PETITION HIS STATE OR FEDERAL REPRESENTATIVE AND ESSENTIALLY OFFER HIS GRIEVANCE ABOUT EVERYTHING AND ANYTHING, INCLUDING ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION.

    It makes more sense to me to adapt the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA), rather than having to spend billions of dollars in processing criminals and rewarding them for violating our countries immigration laws. The 1986 act was just a big travesty, a fraudulent megalith which even today is costing us tax dollars we can hardly afford? America is a sovereign country and every law abiding citizen, lives by those statutes and if a citizen or legal immigrant breaks them he goes to jail? Illegal Immigrants seem to have some kind of privileged that assures they will unlikely to be prosecuted. Regrettably it’s not even a felony to enter America without permission; just a civil offense or a minor misdemeanor. This is very questionable and highly suspicious, why violations our immigration laws are so lax. Most probably the driving force of wealthy corporations and other special interest entities, who demand discount labor in return for financial favors. We are confronted by so many lies of the repetitious 11 million numbers in our population of how many illegal aliens have settled here?

    Should there really be a true processing of all these people, the cost will expand the 16 TRILLION dollars as reported by the Conservative think tank, the Heritage Foundation adding even more to the growing depth of this recession. Another Comprehensive Immigration Reform package must be paid for with your taxes, in Social Security, Pensions and retirement benefits. Since the original signing of the law, the nation has been inundated with large influxes of foreign nationals, which are not in the best interest of taxpayers. Since the 1986 (IRCA) became law taxpayers have been confronted with Sanctuary Cities, the plague of Family Chain Migration, The Dream Act, one and all draining Federal and State treasuries. The best means to stop it, is by enacting THE LEGAL WORKFORCE BILL (with the provision of mandatory E-Verify) to identify illegal workers via company computers and the amendment to BIRTHRIGHT CITIZENSHIP BILL; Only allowing children of citizen parents the right to U.S. citizenship! An exception could be special visa requirements for top notch skilled personal (STEM WORKERS), within certain limits.