Oath of Allegiance Audio by Thomas Halek
On October 8, 2015, at 10:00, 195 immigrants from all over the world met at the Mitchell/Hamline School of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota where Chief Judge John R. Tunheim, United States District Court swore them in as U.S. citizens fulfilling their American Dream. Today, the American dream of every immigrant in the U.S. is one day becoming a citizen of the United States.
Citizenship Candidates Photo by Thomas Halek
Chief Judge John R. Tunheim Photo by Thomas Halek
Oath of Allegiance Photo by Thomas Halek
Flag in Hand Photo by Thomas Halek
Many immigrants come from war-torn, poverty-stricken, and illiterate parts of the world. To have the opportunity to come to the United States and become U.S. citizens is a major life change that will affect you, your children, and your family for generations.
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The benefits of becoming a U.S. citizen are incredible. The benefits are so incredible that most people who were born citizens in the U.S. do not realize it and take them for granted. However, the road to becoming a citizen is a long and difficult one. In the introduction of the article, Mistaking U.S. Citizenship, it states, the value of citizenship is strong, and the law penalizes anyone falsely claiming citizenship or the benefits from being a citizen. The most important benefit of becoming a U.S. citizen is freedom. In an article, The American Melting Pot Is a Rich Stew, Martin Cuadra, a young Nicaragua man in Miami stated, “The United States is a place where your dreams can come true. I value the opportunity to live in a free country and, yes, make money, but money is not more important than freedom.”
In an article, THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD, John M. Sanderson describes the first necessary steps. You must spend at least six months a year in the U.S. and reside in a USCIS district before filing an application. You must be able to read, write, speak English, and have an understanding of U.S. history and government.
With the benefits of U.S. citizenship, you gain the right to vote and are eligible to sponsor your immediate relatives for U.S. Legal Permanent Residence. You may possess a U.S. passport with protection from deportation. You also become eligible for a wide range of benefits and assistance programs from the U.S. government including Social Security and Medicare.
It is time to be proud, strong, take action, and pursue the American Dream of becoming a U.S. citizen. Go to USCIS at http://www.uscis.gov/uscis-elis to learn more and get the process rolling.