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For a great deal of newly minted citizens, the Fourth of July, 2018 will forever be a cherished day in their hearts.

The process of naturalization in American can take years for some would-be citizens, and can be gruelingly difficult for those who speak English as a second language.  Those who complete the process are granted one of the greatest gifts that a political entity can grant:  American citizenship.

Today is that cherished day of completion for some 14,000 who, unlike the thousands upon thousands of illegal aliens crossing the border into American every year, will now be able to fully contribute to the society and rich culture of the United States.

This Fourth of July, nearly 14,000 immigrants become America’s newest citizens, swearing the oath of allegiance at 27 naturalization ceremonies across the nation that coincide with the country’s 242nd birthday and the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776.

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“When oath ceremonies are tied to the Fourth of July, it’s a message that immigrants believe in this country. It’s a beautiful and emotional thing,” Joshua Hoyt, executive director of the National Partnership for New Americans, said. “United nations, from Albania to Yemen, are represented in the ceremonies.”

Hoyt added that NPNA believes “naturalization is good for the immigrants, their communities, and our nation,” while contributing to “higher incomes” and “social cohesion.”

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And, in case you have an avowed liberal looking over your shoulder and wondering what kind of damage Donald Trump could have possibly done to this statistic, we’ve got you covered:  The answer is none.

The number of people becoming citizens between June 28 and July 10 marks a slight decrease from last year, when nearly 15,000 people took the oath, according to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, but a sharp increase from 2016, when about 7,000 did so during the same time period.

Around the nation, these newly minted Americans were celebrated and welcomed by a number of their communities, including events in Tuscon, Philadelphia, and Denver.

Let us here at Keep and Bear be the first to say “welcome”!


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