HONOLULU – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will welcome 66 new U.S. citizens Wednesday afternoon during a special Earth Day naturalization ceremony at the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Leslie Kobayashi will preside over the ceremony, with assistance from USCIS. Special remarks will be offered by Paul DePrey, Superintendent of the National Park Service’s World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, and by Jimmy Lee, Sergeant Major, U.S. Army Reserve (Retired).
The 66 immigrants who will be sworn in as U.S. citizens immigrated from the following 19 countries: American Samoa, Chile, China, Fiji, Hong Kong, India, Iran, Israel, Japan, Kiribati, Laos, Marshall Islands, Mozambique, Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan, Tonga, Venezuela and Vietnam.
Naturalization is the process by which U.S. citizenship is conferred upon foreign citizens or nationals after fulfilling the requirements established by Congress. After naturalization, foreign-born citizens enjoy nearly all the same benefits, rights and responsibilities that the Constitution gives to native-born U.S. citizens, including the right to vote. During fiscal year 2014, approximately 654,000 immigrants were naturalized nationwide.