New U.S. citizens take the Oath of Citizenship
200 immigrants naturalized citizens during an annual Independence Day naturalization ceremony at the New York Public Library.
On this Independence Day, naturalization ceremonies will turn the 14,000 immigrants in the proud new American citizens.
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will welcome them in about 175 ceremonies throughout the country on the Fourth of July, according to the American Immigration Council.
Despite the Trump administration’s controversial travel bans and rhetoric regarding immigrants, of a total of 163,000 people naturalized during fiscal year 2018 — a 55 percent increase from the same period last year.
Mosammat Rasheda Akter, center, of Bangladesh, has her seven-month-old daughter Fahmida during a naturalization ceremony, Tuesday 3 July 2018, in the New York Public Library’s Celeste Bartos Forum.
At a naturalization ceremony in New Hampshire, 102 people from 48 different countries became citizens in front of an audience that the state’s two senators, Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan, and Gov. Chris Sununu.
In New York, Karina Borbon, who came to the U.S. from the Dominican Republic ten years ago, explained how it felt to realize her dream.
“I am so excited…It was a long journey, but finally, I did it,” Borbon, 32, told the New York Daily News. “Now I have a part of the nation. I want to help my community and the help of the people are citizens, too.”
Hazera Khanom from Bangladesh listens during a naturalization ceremony, Tuesday 3 July 2018, in the New York Public Library.
Nusrat Zaman, who was born in Bangladesh and now lives in the Bronx, told the Daily News it was hard to leave her home country and her friends behind.
“New York is so easy to handle, you can go everywhere…You can study here you can find a (for) financial support. In Bangladesh, you have to pay a lot of money (to study),” Zaman, 25, a student at LaGuardia Community College and hoping to pursue a career in health administration, told the New York newspaper.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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