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21 March 2010

A Very Special Citizenship Ceremony

Last week, 54 children representing 29 countries celebrated their U.S. citizenship during two special children's citizenship ceremonies in the Washington, DC area.

The first ceremony was held Thursday at George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens while the second was held at the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. on Friday.

See this news release from our homepage for more.

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At March 22, 2010 at 2:01:00 AM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh clowns, nice :-)
Well, which of those clowns is responsible for the backlog and processing hell thousands of legal immigrants are lost in for years now? Full of excitement I’m waiting each month for their latest show: The ever changing Visa Bulletin numbers with their mysteriously unpredictable super-magic-retrogressing priority dates. I so love this funhouse, I’m laughing myself to sleep with bitter tears....

Wish they had a psychic with the circus when I started the legal immigration process, she would have told me clearly how long it takes.
Maybe I should have opted for a fake marriage with the bearded lady that cleans the monkey cages, I would be running the show by now.
Look what a sad clown I became for doing it the right and legal way.
:-) LOL

 
At March 22, 2010 at 2:12:00 AM EDT , Blogger Sammy said...

That is really cool! It's nice to see children from so many nationalities become a part of the treasured American dream. Good luck!

 
At March 22, 2010 at 12:51:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Shriram said...

Nobody should have to wait for 10 years to get a permanent resident status!!

Do you guys even realize that an EB3 India/China has to wait for 10 years @ the SAME JOB to get a green card!!

You guys really have to fix your system! USCIS, if you really want to help, put a system where atleast the people who have I 140 filed can actually have more freedom to move around.

AC21 is like a Catch 22. What use is it if you never make the prioirty dates current?

One last question..does USCIS really think EB applicants are dumb?

 
At March 22, 2010 at 9:59:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

People,

I think you are unhappy with your life if all you can do is to post negative comments on here. Change your attitude and outlook on life and things will get better. Just be happy for these children who were able to attend this event!

Special note to Shiram: Dude, you need to take a chill pill. I am surprised they've allowed you to stay here for 10 years! Remember that the best things come to the ones who wait.

I am a permanent resident of the United States and I think this is one of the BEST benefits (after U.S. citizenship, of course) you can ever have in your life.

Note to USCIS Staff: Keep up the good work! You have BIG shoes to fill!!

 
At March 23, 2010 at 1:02:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

RE: "..Remember that the best things come to the ones who wait..".

Well, I've never considered death to be one of the best things, but it seems that the USCIS is trying to make us feel that way by its EB3 VB dates for real.

 
At March 23, 2010 at 1:30:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Shriram said...

I dont think its about negativity. People are just upset at having to wait so long to immigrate legally. And the problems are because the laws are antiquated.

Having a benefit tied to a job will always lead to exploitation of the worker. Not just the Foreign worker, but also the American worker.

Because the foriegn worker will be willing to work at a lower wage if there is the added benefit of getting a green card tied to the job. This artificially depresses the wages of American Workers as well.

The solution is to let the market absorb the workers depending on skill. Reducing the backlog will help in this regard.

 
At March 26, 2010 at 2:34:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Shelby said...

This is a great visual of the multiculturalism that make the United States so great. I think it is important for the public to see the positive images of immigration.

 
At March 29, 2010 at 11:44:00 PM EDT , Blogger Nerijus said...

It is very nice to see this "Photo Opportunity".

If I would create a website with real immigrant stories I think USCIS would censor and shut it down.

While everyone is talking things that do not make sense maybe they should start thinking about immigrants as humans first and not some type of aliens who are obsessed to take care of elderly people that walk with full diapers or to drive trucks or to wash dishes or clean floors in supermarkets.

Jobs... what jobs? Please tell me who is hiring? Do you people are so stupid and thing that if U.S. Citizens can not find a job some migrant from Mexico will jump across the border with few pounds of coca and become manager at your local Apple Bee's restaurant?

In my country kids used to read books about Winnetou when they were kids (Winnetou is a fictional Native American hero of several novels written by Karl May) and were not afraid to abandon everything for something unknown when they became adults.

I always wanted to live in United States of America and now sometimes I wonder if I wasted almost 20 years of my life. Am I Lithuanian immigrant or some kind of new generation Rosa Parks.

Why Rosa Parks? ... because after 17 years I can not even obtain Indiana Drivers License.

I own a house... 3 vehicles... pay taxes and even still think that one day I will get my visa number.

The only problem is everyone is moving ahead... buying green cards ... working illegal jobs and I am still waiting... 17 years.

While USCIS website is new... ideology remains old.

I think we need museum so rich parents one day can bring children and show this photo of lucky 54 children.

 
At April 1, 2010 at 12:49:00 AM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello , I just read Mr. Nerijus comment and I got to disagree with him. I am also immigrant, but not same like Mr. Nerijus. I am a Legal immigrant and I am against any Amnesty for Illegal immigrants. Why amnesty for them ? We who are here legal, we had to following US laws, INS rules, forms , pay fees, proof our identity and so.... And what the Illegal Aliens do? They don't care about immigration laws and they lie everywhere. This is why I don't like see any benefits for them in future. Carol

 
At April 6, 2010 at 4:13:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Novoline said...

dieses fest war sicher eine schöne Überraschung für die Kinder und zeigt das ausländische Kinder auch wirklich intigriert werden.Congratulations says Novoline

 
At April 8, 2010 at 11:34:00 AM EDT , Anonymous Zarabia said...

Great news! Lucky those children to be a part of that celebration. Pretty much sure that would a meaningful day for them.

 
At May 7, 2010 at 11:01:00 AM EDT , Anonymous Key Logger said...

God bless for the act those 54 children will never forget, If I am reading this article this is legal citizenship not a hand out...

 
At June 1, 2010 at 1:26:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Peter Steele said...

This is a great visual of the multiculturalism that make the United States so great. I think it is important for the public to see the positive images of immigration.

 
At July 5, 2010 at 5:36:00 AM EDT , Anonymous deecko said...

The children are uniting the world despite their differences.

 
At July 8, 2010 at 2:02:00 AM EDT , Anonymous Jody said...

I am ecstatic for those children, it is always easy to get angry at illegal immigrants and the news that you watch on Television, but when it comes to innocent children my hats off to you for a wonderful job

 
At July 15, 2010 at 11:11:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Jason said...

Great article very informative thanks for posting

 
At July 25, 2010 at 10:50:00 AM EDT , Blogger Ping said...

May God bless all the children have a good environment to grow and the children be a blessing for other people.

 
At July 28, 2010 at 2:23:00 AM EDT , Anonymous Mike said...

This must be a great day for 54 children who got the citizenship. Even i feel they can now live their American Dream.

 
At July 28, 2010 at 6:59:00 AM EDT , Anonymous Michael said...

Well -- at least it seems the kids had fun despite the up and down comments here.

 
At July 31, 2010 at 12:53:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Mary said...

That's wonderful that those children get citizenship. I'm truly happy for them and wish them all the best!

 
At August 13, 2010 at 1:28:00 AM EDT , Anonymous Eve Jones said...

Special day for the 54 children and the multicultural United States of America. As there are always two sides to each story and immigration is not excluded from a lot of unhappy and complaining people, think for a moment how lucky you are that you live in US even if you are still waiting to be approved.

 
At August 22, 2010 at 3:15:00 AM EDT , Anonymous shawn said...

I thing its nice to see that good side of imagration, cause all the news ever shows is the dark side of things.

 
At August 23, 2010 at 9:52:00 PM EDT , Anonymous mark said...

That looks so nice!

 
At August 28, 2010 at 4:40:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Homes in 328 said...

54 kids that may not have a home if not for immigration. Do we need reform? Yes, but at what cost. The big question for me personally is should a child born here to an illegal alien be granted citizenship status. I struggle with this in my head.

 
At September 9, 2010 at 3:26:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Bob said...

It must be a nice experience for these kids to get the citizenship of US. I am happy for them. They can definitely live their American Dream.

 
At December 27, 2010 at 10:27:00 AM EST , Anonymous Curtis Johnson Realty said...

So wonderful and informative posting! Indeed, It was an unforgettable experience.

 
At January 2, 2011 at 3:47:00 AM EST , Anonymous Web Hosting Tips said...

It was a memorable celebration for these children and their families, great initiative.

 
At January 3, 2011 at 1:38:00 AM EST , Anonymous T.C. Parks said...

I love this article. Awarding citizenship to children and given them a home is one of the most noble thing U.S.A. can do. I hope in the future that this children would realize how lucky they are and would be able to be a good model citizen. That the U.S. can be proud off.

 
At March 9, 2011 at 8:57:00 PM EST , Anonymous Homes in NJ said...

That's sweet! I saw a show where a woman talked about how proud she was to have gotten her citizenship. It meant the world to her. She also commented on how it seemed like it is not that important to many people these days. I'm glad to find these 54 kids are taking it seriously and are proud to be a part of this great nation!

 
At April 17, 2011 at 11:36:00 AM EDT , Anonymous SIMON said...

Citizenship means being a member of and supporting one's community and country.Awarding citizenship to children and given them a home is one of the most noble thing U.S.A.we are looking at a bright future where everyone is given equal opportunity.

 
At May 7, 2011 at 4:15:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Thor Party Supplies said...

I'm so happy for the kids. :)

 
At May 29, 2011 at 8:26:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Sonia said...

I am always happy to see when kids become full pledge citizens. It gives them so much power to belong to a Country that allows them to be anything they want to be.

 
At June 20, 2011 at 12:00:00 PM EDT , Anonymous austin texas roofing said...

That's terrific for those kids. Anyone know what kind of process they go through to become citizens? I mean I have a friend from Morocco and he had to go through a class and pass a test, do we do the same thing for children?

 
At October 21, 2012 at 8:35:00 AM EDT , Anonymous Nathan Smith said...

Ha that's amazing to watch at all. Was looking forward to read about this entry and all this information seem to me very impressive at all. Love this article. Thanks the head up! :lol:

 

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