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USCIS to Naturalize 200 New Citizens at Lincoln Memorial Ceremony

A Celebration of Freedom Honors Marian Anderson and Welcomes New Americans

WASHINGTON—Department of Homeland Security Deputy Secretary Jane Holl Lute will deliver congratulatory remarks and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Acting Deputy Director Michael Aytes will administer the Oath of Allegiance to America’s newest citizens during
a special naturalization ceremony at the Lincoln Memorial April 12, 2009.  The naturalization ceremony is part of a national tribute to singer Marian Anderson and the celebration of the 200th anniversary of President Lincoln’s birth.

Renowned opera singer Denyce Graves will participate in the historic Marian Anderson concert on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Honored guests and speakers include retired Army Gen. Colin L. Powell; Commissioner of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission Gabor Boritt; and
Co-Chairman of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission Harold Holzer. USCIS Washington District Director Sarah Taylor will present the candidates for citizenship.

The 200 citizenship candidates originate from the following 56   countries: Afghanistan, Algeria, Argentina, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, India, Iran, Iraq, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Korea, Lebanon, Laos, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, Nepal, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Palestine, People’s Republic of China, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Russia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sudan, Sweden, Taiwan, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Venezuela and Vietnam.

USCIS naturalized more than one million new citizens in fiscal year 2008.


Date & Time:Sunday, April 12, 2009, 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Naturalization ceremony will begin at approximately 4 p.m.)

Lincoln Memorial

West Potomac Park at 23rd Street N.W.

Washington, D.C.


David Early, Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, (202) 707-7040

Bill Wright, USCIS, (202) 272-1299 or cell (202) 412-5047
For planning purposes, media planning to attend the naturalization ceremony are requested to RSVP to Bill Wright at the contact phone number above by close of business, April 10, 2009.




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