Naturalization Oath Ceremony ~ Round Lake Beach 9/17/12

100 local immigrants became American Citizens today
100 local immigrants became American Citizens today

One hundred immigrants were at today’s Naturalization Oath Ceremony held in Round Lake Beach at the RLB Cultural & Civic Center. The host speaker was Elena Lara, Head of Outreach Services at the Round Lake Area Public Library. Judge Jorge Ortiz was on hand to do the swearing in. Other officials included several Mayors, Village Trustees, Congressman Robert Dold, and a number of candidates running for office.

Naturalization is the process by which U.S. citizenship is granted to a foreign citizen or national after he or she fulfills the requirements established by Congress in the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).

The event was held at the Round Lake Beach Cultural & Civic Center because they are a community partner with the Round Lake Area Public Library and Mano a Mano Family Resource Center. It was a dream for Edith Basir, a volunteer Citizenship Teacher for 5+ years, to hold a Naturalization Ceremony in the Round Lake Area, and what better place than the Civic Center. Edith could not be with us today, as she was out of state welcoming a new grandson, but her spirit was with us. Edith and her husband Salman were a sponsor partner for today’s event. Mano a Mano is also a long-time partner with the library in offering free citizenship support services to local and neighboring immigrants.

“Many of the men and women naturalized today have been on the path to citizenship for a long time, and today they are realizing their dream of becoming U.S. Citizens,” said Elena Lara at today’s ceremony. Carolina Duque , Executive Director of Mano a Mano and Mayra Mena oversee the Citizenship Program at Mano a Mano. The library is a site partner for the program. The teachers of the Citizenship Program are volunteers with Mano a Mano and are dedicated in teaching eligible permanent residents the civics requirement of the test, as well as helping them develop their speaking, and writing skills. All those applying to become a naturalized U.S. Citizenship must pass the naturalization test. At the naturalization interview, they are required to answer questions about their application and background. They also take an English and Civics test.

Speakers today focused on the privileges, responsibilities, and importance of United States citizenship; and, the significance of swearing allegiance to the United States.

Many took photos with the officials after the ceremony
Many took photos with the officials after the ceremony

The USCIS welcomes immigrants from all over the world to the United States. Today, 100 candidates were naturalized, representing 33 countries.

We appreciate the support of the USCIS Chicago District Office staff in presenting this special ceremony. (USCIS / U.S. Citizenship & Information Services)

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