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26 April 2010

"Our Land, Our Country, Our Earth"

USCIS commemorated the 40th anniversary of Earth Day by naturalizing citizenship candidates during special ceremonies held across the United States. The ceremonies embraced the theme "Our Land, Our Country, Our Earth."

During a special naturalization ceremony at the Department of the Interior on Wednesday, USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas administered the Oath of Allegiance and presented Kawther Elmi, a park ranger at the Lincoln Memorial and native of Ethiopia, with the Outstanding American by Choice recognition. National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis provided keynote remarks and told the new citizens about the cultural significance of our national parks.

Above: Director Mayorkas and National Park Service Director Jarvis applaud Outstanding American by Choice recipient Kawther Elmi

Before the ceremony began, Directors Mayorkas and Jarvis signed an amendment to a memorandum of agreement renewing a partnership between the Department of Homeland Security and Department of the Interior to enhance the meaning and stature of citizenship ceremonies nationwide. The partnership allows USCIS to hold special citizenship ceremonies at national park sites throughout the country.


At April 30, 2010 at 8:01:00 AM EDT , Anonymous In USCIS Purgatory said...

I'd gladly go to a National Park or anywhere else if your slooooooow department would just finish processing my application.

At May 3, 2010 at 2:36:00 AM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

USCIS: Do you guys have a heart?

Congratulations to the Ethiopian American ranger though on her success!!

At May 11, 2010 at 2:15:00 PM EDT , Anonymous In USCIS Purgatory said...

I'm finally going to be sworn in as a citizen. Now I can go from being annoyed at your department to being ashamed and embarrassed as an American at how you treat LEGAl immigrants.

At November 23, 2010 at 8:38:00 AM EST , Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At July 12, 2012 at 10:05:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Chris Stevens said...

It is great to see an Ethiopian acknowledged as a good citizen. Too often it is a few bad apples that spoil the bunch and give people a negative perception of all Ethiopians.


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