USCIS Welcomes 50 New Citizens at Historic Justice Department Building
WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) hosted a special citizenship ceremony today at the historic Great Hall of the Department of Justice (DOJ). U.S. Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Tom Perez delivered the keynote remarks as he welcomed 50 new citizens from 24 different countries. USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas administered the Oath of Allegiance at the event.
“The backdrop of the Great Hall is a most fitting venue to recognize the promise our nation makes to all of its citizens—equal justice under the law,” said USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas. “It is an honor to recognize our new citizens, and what our country means to them as they fully integrate into our society.”
The new citizens naturalized at today’s ceremony hailed from the following countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, Cambodia, China, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, India, Iran, Mexico, Moldova, Morocco, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Russia, Somalia, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Turkey, United Kingdom, and Vietnam.
The Department of Justice is the United States federal executive department responsible for the enforcement of the law and administration of justice. The building first opened in 1934 and was renamed the Robert F. Kennedy Department of Justice Building in 2001 in honor of Robert F. Kennedy, the 64th Attorney General of the United States. The seven-story, 1.2 million square foot building is a historical structure that houses the main offices of DOJ and the office of the Attorney General.
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