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Deputy Secretary Mayorkas to Participate In a Special Naturalization Ceremony on Ellis Island: 298 Candidates to be naturalized in honor of Citizenship and Constitution Day

Event Date: September 16, 2016 at 11:00AM ET to 11:00AM ET

WASHINGTON –Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas will deliver remarks during a special naturalization ceremony hosted by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the U.S. National Park Service (NPS) on Friday, September 16 at the Ellis Island Museum of Immigration.

This is one of nearly 240 naturalization ceremonies held nationwide in honor of Citizenship Day and Constitution day. The event also highlights the USCIS and NPS partnership to celebrate the NPS Centennial Anniversary with more than 100 naturalization ceremonies at national parks across the country.
The 298 naturalization candidates originate from the following  53 countries: Albania, Antigua-Barbuda, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cote d’Ivoire, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, France, Ghana, Greece, Guinea, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Liberia, Mali, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Russia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Korea, St. Kitts-Nevis, St. Lucia, Sweden, Thailand, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Ukraine, and Venezuela. Among those naturalizing is one member of the U.S. Military. All live in New York City or the surrounding counties. As part of the ceremony, students from the Harlem Educational Activities Fund will recite the preamble to the U.S. Constitution.

Deputy Secretary Mayorkas will participate in a naturalization ceremony.

Ellis Island Museum of Immigration
Great Hall, 2nd Floor
Ellis Island, N.Y.
*Credentialed media planning to attend must RSVP to Aaron Rodriguez at Aaron.Rodriguez@hq.dhs.gov no later than Thursday, September 15, at 3:30 PM for those who want to take the ferry with the citizenship candidates. On the day of the event, media should be in place by 10:30 AM.

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Last Updated: 09/14/2016
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