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USCIS to Welcome More Than 19,000 New Citizens

Release Date: February 15, 2013

WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will recognize Presidents Day,  welcoming more than 19,000 people as U.S. citizens during 135 naturalization ceremonies across the country Feb. 15 through Feb. 22.

“Throughout our nation’s history, the words and deeds of U.S. presidents have inspired Americans to uphold the ideals of freedom and equality enshrined in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States,” said USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas. “For Presidents Day, we welcome 19,000 new citizens who share these same ideals.”

The celebration of citizenship will culminate Feb. 22, the birthday of the first U.S. president, George Washington, with a ceremony at George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate, Museum & Gardens in Mount Vernon, Va.

 Other special events celebrating our presidents include ceremonies on:

  • Feb. 15 at the California Veterans Memorial in Sacramento, Calif.;
  • Feb. 19 at the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site in Buffalo, N.Y.;
  • Feb. 21 at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in Parris Island, S.C.; and
  • Feb. 21 at the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore.

For more information on USCIS and its programs, please visit www.uscis.govor follow us on Twitter (@uscis), YouTube (/uscis) and the USCIS blog The Beacon.

View a list of special 2013 Presidents Day naturalization ceremonies within the News section of our website.


Last Reviewed/Updated: 02/15/2013