Obama Admin. Celebrating Independence Day with 7,000 Naturalizations

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 02:  A man who chose not to give him name takes part in an United States naturalization ceremony ahead of Indepedence Day, at the New York Public Library, in a wing of the library where a copy of the Declaration of Independence, written by Thomas Jefferson is currently being displayed, on July 2, 2014 in New York City. 150 new U.S. citizens participated in the ceremony, representing 47 countries.  (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
In celebration of Independence Day, the Obama Administration will be holding nearly 100 naturalization ceremonies for thousands of immigrants in the United States. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) says it will welcome more than 7,000 new U.S. citizens during those naturalization ceremonies being held between June 30 and July 4. “As we celebrate the birth of our country on July Fourth, more than 7,000 new Americans will also celebrate the fulfillment of their dreams of citizenship,” USCIS Director León Rodríguez said in a statement. “These new Americans will strengthen the fabric of our nation with their contributions to American society and prosperity, and be able to enjoy all the rights, privileges and responsibilities of U.S. citizenship,” he added. In recent years the Obama administration has embarked on a campaign to encourage eligible lawful permanent residents to naturalize and become U.S. citizens. The administration’s effort has gotten a boost this election cycle as Latino and immigrant rights groups have sought to influence the upcoming presidential elections by getting immigrants to naturalize and then vote. USCIS offers a variety of free naturalization preparation materials to help legal permanent residents prepare for their naturalization tests, including questions about the nation’s Declaration of