Pallone Congratulates New Citizens at Naturalization Ceremony in Long Branch
Long Branch, N.J. – Today, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) congratulated 34 new American citizens and their guests during a special naturalization ceremony at the Long Branch Free Public Library.
“You are a part of the history of a nation that has so many diverse stories and backgrounds,” Pallone said in his remarks. “Today, you are a part of American history as we celebrate one of America’s oldest traditions. It is our differences and diversity – it is your story – that will continue to add to the great fabric of our society. It is my hope that you will use your new status to actively participate in your communities and to remain engaged in self-government and our democratic process.”
To highlight the importance of U.S. citizenship, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) often holds special ceremonies to increase public awareness of the U.S. naturalization process. An estimated 707,265 individuals took the oath of citizenship in fiscal year 2017. In New Jersey, 38,611 individuals became naturalized citizens during the same time period.
The 34 citizenship candidates originate from 23 different countries, including Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Italy, Jamaica, Liberia, Mexico, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Pakistan, Portugal, Russia, St. Lucia, St. Vincent-Grenadines, Trinidad, Turkey, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, Venezuela, and Vietnam.