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USCIS to Naturalize more than 6,000 Citizenship Candidates

Release Date: January 15, 2010

WASHINGTON — U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will commemorate the 81st birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by welcoming more than 6,000 new citizens at citizenship ceremonies throughout the United States and overseas for the week of Jan.15 through 22. Special ceremonies will embrace the theme, “Enriching the American Dream: The Celebration of a Legacy.“

“We in U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services assist individuals who come to our country to experience the hope and opportunities that Dr. King helped define,“ said USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas. “It is an honor to recognize our new citizens, and what our country means to them, on the day that we honor Dr. King¿s legacy. It is a legacy that our new citizens will now help carry forward.“

USCIS’ celebration of citizenship is highlighted by various special events, starting Jan. 15 with a ceremony at the King Center in Atlanta, Ga. with Elder Bernice A. King, the daughter of Dr. King. This event will be followed by a Jan. 18 event with a special ceremony at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library in Washington, D.C., during which General Colin Powell, U.S. Army (Ret.) will deliver keynote remarks. The events will culminate Jan. 22 at a ceremony in Providence, R.I. with Mr. Clifford Monteiro, President, NAACP Providence Chapter, who worked with Dr. King during the Civil Rights Movement. During these ceremonies, USCIS will honor Dr. King’s legacy of justice, democracy and hope. It is a legacy that continues to enrich the lives of Americans to this day.

USCIS will also hold a naturalization ceremony for service membrs at Yongsan Army Garrison in Seoul, South Korea.

Please see link on the right for a complete listing of these special ceremonies. For more information on USCIS and its programs, please visit www.uscis.gov.

Last Reviewed/Updated: 01/15/2010