President Obama and the Hispanic Community

Secretary Johnson Welcomes New U.S. Citizens

Ed. note: This is cross-posted from the Department of Homeland Security

Earlier this morning, Secretary Jeh Johnson joined USCIS Acting Director Lori Scialabba to welcome 468 new U.S. citizens at a special Naturalization Ceremony held at Northern Virginia Community College in Alexandria, Va.

Secretary Jeh Johnson administers the Oath of Allegiance

January 24, 2014. (by Jon Parke, USCIS)

Secretary Johnson administered the Oath of Allegiance and delivered remarks to the citizenship candidates and their families and friends in attendance.

men and women participating in Naturalization ceremony

January 24, 2014. (by Jon Parke, USCIS)

Among the men and women participating in today’s ceremony was Staff Sergeant Oscar Roberto Chavez, an active duty member of the U.S. Air Force, who Secretary Johnson thanked for his service and recognized as a model for other candidates.

Promoting lawful immigration process

January 24, 2014. (by Jon Parke, USCIS)

As Secretary Johnson underscored, the United States has a strong tradition as a welcoming nation, and DHS is committed to promoting the lawful immigration process, expediting administration of immigration services, and promoting the integration of lawful immigrants into American society.

Secretary Jeh Johnson Congratulates New Citizens

January 24, 2014. (by Jon Parke, USCIS)

To learn more about USCIS and its programs, please visit their website and the USCIS blog: The Beacon.

Clark W. Stevens is the Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs at the Department of Homeland Security

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